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 for Lance corporal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lance \Lance\ (l[a^]ns), n. [OE. lance, F. lance, fr. L. lancea;
     cf. Gr. lo`gchh. Cf. Launch.]
     1. A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and
        a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen, and
        often decorated with a small flag; also, a spear or
        harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.
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              A braver soldier never couched lance. --Shak.
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     2. A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.
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     3. (Founding) A small iron rod which suspends the core of the
        mold in casting a shell.
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     4. (Mil.) An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece
        of ordnance and forces it home.
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     5. (Pyrotech.) One of the small paper cases filled with
        combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a
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     6. (Med.) A lancet.
     Free lance, in the Middle Ages, and subsequently, a knight
        or roving soldier, who was free to engage for any state or
        commander that purchased his services; hence, a person who
        assails institutions or opinions on his own responsibility
        without regard to party lines or deference to authority.
        See also freelance, n. and a., and freelancer.
     Lance bucket (Cavalry), a socket attached to a saddle or
        stirrup strap, in which to rest the but of a lance.
     Lance corporal, same as Lancepesade.
     Lance knight, a lansquenet. --B. Jonson.
     Lance snake (Zool.), the fer-de-lance.
     Stink-fire lance (Mil.), a kind of fuse filled with a
        composition which burns with a suffocating odor; -- used
        in the counter operations of miners.
     To break a lance, to engage in a tilt or contest.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  lance corporal \lance" cor`por*al\, n.
     1. A lancepesade.
     2. An enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps
        ranking between a private first class and a corporal.
     3. The lowest rank of corporal; -- a term used in the British
        military. --RHUD

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lancepesade \Lance`pe*sade"\, n. [F. lancepessade, lanspessade,
     anspessade, It. lancia spezzata a broken lance or demilance,
     a demilance roan, a light horseman, bodyguard.]
     An assistant to a corporal; a private performing the duties
     of a corporal; -- called also lance corporal. [Obsolete]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
     Ship's corporal (Naut.), a petty officer who assists the
        master at arms in his various duties.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lance corporal
      n 1: an enlisted man in the marine corps ranking above a private
           first class and below a corporal

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