Simple Definition of body
: a person's or animal's whole physical self
: a dead person or animal
: the main physical part of a person or animal
Full Definition of body
1 a : the main part of a plant or animal body especially as distinguished from limbs and head : trunk b : the main, central, or principal part: as (1) : the nave of a church (2) : the bed or box of a vehicle on or in which the load is placed (3) : the enclosed or partly enclosed part of an automobile
3 a : a mass of matter distinct from other masses <a body of water> b : something that embodies or gives concrete reality to a thing; also : a sensible object in physical space c : aggregate, quantity <a body of evidence>
4 a : the part of a garment covering the body or trunk b : the main part of a literary or journalistic work : text 2b c : the sound box or pipe of a musical instrument
5 : a group of persons or things: as a : a fighting unit : force b : a group of individuals organized for some purpose <a legislative body>
6 a : fullness and richness of flavor (as of wine) b : viscosity, consistency —used especially of oils and grease c : denseness, fullness, or firmness of texture d : fullness or resonance of a musical tone
Examples of body
a part of the body
Her body is very muscular.
A bird's body is covered in feathers.
This species has a black body and a white head.
She held her arms tightly against her body.
There was extensive damage to the truck's body.
The body of the bus is almost entirely rusted out.
Origin of body
Middle English, from Old English bodig; akin to Old High German boteh corpse
First Known Use: before 12th century
Examples of body
<abstract sculpture that bodies forth the artist's aesthetic of minimalism>
First Known Use of body
Medical Definition of body
1a: the organized physical substance of an animal or plant either living or dead: as: the material part or nature of a human being: a dead organism : corpseb: a human being
2a: the main part of a plant or animal body especially as distinguished from limbs and head : trunkb: the main part of an organ (as the uterus)
3: a kind or form of matter : a material substance—see ketone body
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