Ship's corporal
Corporal Cor"po*ral (k[^o]r"p[-o]*ral), n. [Corrupted fr. F. caporal, It. caporale, fr. capo head, chief, L. caput. See {Chief}, and cf. {Caporal}.] (Mil.) A noncommissioned officer, next below a sergeant. In the United States army he is the lowest noncommissioned officer in a company of infantry. He places and relieves sentinels. [1913 Webster]

{Corporal's guard}, a detachment such as would be in charge of a corporal for guard duty, etc.; hence, derisively, a very small number of persons.

{Lance corporal}, an assistant corporal on private's pay. --Farrow.

{Ship's corporal} (Naut.), a petty officer who assists the master at arms in his various duties. [1913 Webster]


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