n. The dead body of an animal; a corpse: not now commonly applied to a dead human body, except in contempt.n. The body of a living animal, especially of a large animal; in contempt, the human body.n. Figuratively, the decaying remains of a bulky thing, as of a boat or ship.n. The frame or main parts of a thing unfinished, or without ornament, as the timberwork of a house before it is lathed or plastered or the floors are laid, or the keel, ribs, etc., of a ship.n. An iron case, shell, or hollow vessel filled with combustible and other substances, as gunpowder, saltpeter, sulphur, broken glass, turpentine, etc., thrown from a mortar or howitzer, and intended to set fire to a building, ship, or wooden defense.To erect or set up the carcass or framework of a building or a ship.