body

noun
\ ˈbä-dē How to pronounce body (audio) \
plural bodies

Definition of body

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1a : the main part of a plant or animal body especially as distinguished from limbs and head : trunk held her arms close to her body a bird with a yellow body and head and black markings on its wings
b : the main, central, or principal part: such as
(1) architecture : 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 the truck's body, hood, and fenders
2a : the organized physical substance of an animal or plant either living or dead She has a muscular body. body parts normal body temperature : such as
(1) : the material part or nature of a human being when the soul leaves the body
(2) : a dead organism : corpse The body was shipped home for burial.
b : a human being : person What's a body to do?
3a : a mass of matter distinct from other masses a body of water the movements of celestial bodies
b : something that embodies or gives concrete reality to a thing his intuitions of the future may still give body to a better worldNew York Times also : a sensible object in physical space
c : aggregate, quantity a body of evidence
4a clothing : the part of a garment covering the trunk or torso the body of a wet suit
b : the main part of a literary or journalistic work : text sense 2b The body of the article is devoted to an analysis of the problem.
c : the sound box or pipe of a musical instrument
5 : a group of persons or things: such as
a : a fighting unit : force a body of cavalry
b : a group of individuals organized for some purpose a legislative body the university's student body
6a : fullness and richness of flavor (as of wine) a wine with full body
b : viscosity, consistency used especially of oils and grease
c : denseness, fullness, or firmness of texture Her hair lacks body and shine.
d music : fullness or resonance (see resonance sense 2) of a musical tone

body

verb
bodied; bodying

Definition of body (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give form or shape to : embody
2 : represent, symbolize usually used with forth never been a poet who enjoyed the sensuous world with more gusto … or who more solidly bodied it forth— Edmund Wilson
3 basketball, informal : to use one's body to forcefully block or move (an opposing player) If Jordan spins past him or bodies him away, Russell won't give up on the play.— Ian Thomsen often used with up The most physical player this side of Shaq, Artest not only bodies up forwards but also has the quickness to defend shooting guards.— L. Jon Wertheim

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Synonyms & Antonyms for body

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

  • disembody
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Examples of body in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb abstract sculpture that bodies forth the artist's aesthetic of minimalism
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Retinol, a form of vitamin A, functions far beyond just a vitamin that promotes healthy skin, but also has nutritional value throughout the inside of your body as well. Tameka Abraham, Essence, "Is Retinol Good For The Skin? The Experts Explain," 6 May 2021 Nothing can be worse than having cold toes, as that will chill the rest of your body. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Electric Blanket for Cold Evenings," 6 May 2021 National civil rights organization Muslim Advocates last summer publicized body camera video that appeared to show the officers mocking Muhaymin, who was Muslim. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Public, media barred from possible final hearing in Phoenix's 'I can't breathe' lawsuit," 4 May 2021 North Carolina law says body camera video is not a public record and cannot be released without a court order. Natasha Chen, CNN, "Andrew Brown Jr.'s aunt says body camera footage of his death was not shown to all of his family members," 2 May 2021 In body camera video, Bryant is seen holding an object and appears to swing at another person with it. NBC News, "Federal judge finds that Columbus police ran 'amok' during peaceful protests, restricts uses of force," 1 May 2021 Details of the Brown case are still unclear as a judge has so far declined to release body camera video to the public. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Anti-police climate and rhetoric blamed in part for rising line-of-duty death toll," 1 May 2021 Marbley also said police can’t inflict pain to punish or deter protesters, and must ensure body-worn and cruiser cameras are working and badge numbers are visible even when officers are wearing riot gear. Andrew Welsh-huggins, chicagotribune.com, "Judge orders Columbus police to alter tactics for responding to demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality," 30 Apr. 2021 Gonzalez died after three officers and a civilian parking enforcement employee pinned him face down on the ground for more than five minutes, according to body camera video made public this week by police amid three separate investigations. Olga R. Rodriguez And Don Thompson, Star Tribune, "Family denounces police custody death of man in California," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On top of that, while Krutwig will be a problem in this game, Oregon State at least has a man to at least body him up in Roman Silva. oregonlive, "Will Oregon State men beat Loyola Chicago in its Sweet 16 matchup? Experts share their predictions," 24 Mar. 2021 The bill proposes sweeping changes, including banning chokeholds, no-knock warrants, and ties federal funds for law enforcement to body cam mandates. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "What's next to fix policing in Michigan after the verdicts in George Floyd's murder trial?," 25 Apr. 2021 On top of that, while Krutwig will be a problem in this game, Oregon State at least has a man to at least body him up in Roman Silva. oregonlive, "Will Oregon State men beat Loyola Chicago in its Sweet 16 matchup? Experts share their predictions," 24 Mar. 2021 Lockdown merchandise categories performed well including face and body up 114%, with activewear and casual wear up 95% and 69% respectively. Shelley E. Kohan, Forbes, "ASOS Delivers 24% Sales And 275% Profit Increases-Beyond The Numbers," 9 Apr. 2021 On top of that, while Krutwig will be a problem in this game, Oregon State at least has a man to at least body him up in Roman Silva. oregonlive, "Will Oregon State men beat Loyola Chicago in its Sweet 16 matchup? Experts share their predictions," 24 Mar. 2021 On top of that, while Krutwig will be a problem in this game, Oregon State at least has a man to at least body him up in Roman Silva. oregonlive, "Will Oregon State men beat Loyola Chicago in its Sweet 16 matchup? Experts share their predictions," 24 Mar. 2021 On top of that, while Krutwig will be a problem in this game, Oregon State at least has a man to at least body him up in Roman Silva. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Oregon State vs. Loyola Chicago picks, predictions: Who wins Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament game?," 23 Mar. 2021 How can body image, a fraught topic for any female dancer, no matter her size, be a source of strength rather than agony? New York Times, "What Is a Ballet Body?," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of body

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for body

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English bodig; akin to Old High German boteh corpse

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“Body.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/body. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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body

noun

English Language Learners 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

body

noun
\ ˈbä-dē How to pronounce body (audio) \
plural bodies

Kids Definition of body

1 : the physical whole of a live or dead person or animal the human body
2 : the main part of a person, animal, or plant She held her arms tightly against her body.
3 : a human being The resort offered everything a body could want.
4 : the main or central part the body of a letter
5 : the main part of a motor vehicle
6 : a group of persons or things united for some purpose a body of troops
7 : a mass or portion of something distinct from other masses a body of water

Other Words from body

bodied \ ˈbäd-​ēd \ adjective long-bodied animals

body

noun
\ ˈbäd-ē How to pronounce body (audio) \
plural bodies

Medical Definition of body

1a : the organized physical substance of an animal or plant either living or dead: as
(1) : the material part or nature of a human being
(2) : a dead organism : corpse
b : a human being
2a : the main part of a plant or animal body especially as distinguished from limbs and head : trunk
b : the main part of an organ (as the uterus)
3 : a kind or form of matter : a material substance

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