body

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

Definition of body

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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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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

According to police, Connor Betts walked into the entertainment district just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning wearing a mask and body armor and carrying an AR-15 style rifle. Cameron Knight, USA TODAY, "'I just saw too much:' Dayton mourns its fallen at vigil after Ohio shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 At a press conference, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said the shooter — who also injured 27 — was wearing body armor and carrying a .223-caliber rifle, plus high-capacity magazines. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Dayton Shooter's Sister Megan Betts, 22, Was One of Massacre's First Victims," 5 Aug. 2019 Over a thousand miles away from El Paso, a night of revelry was shattered in Dayton, Ohio, when a gunman wearing body armor and carrying ammunition magazines opened fire outside a crowded bar, killing at least nine people and injuring 27 others. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "'Do something!': Mass shootings in Texas and Ohio stun nation: The Morning Rundown," 5 Aug. 2019 Betts was wearing body armor and used a .223-caliber AR-15-style long rifle with a 100-round drum magazine and extra magazines to kill nine people in less than a minute, authorities said. Michael Zennie, Time, "Dayton Shooting Lasted Just 32 Seconds and Left 9 Dead. Here's the Latest on the Tragedy," 5 Aug. 2019 Frustrated with his inability to drop his opponent despite an early dominance, Ibarra changed all that with a left-right combination to the body early in the round. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "Minus jab, Arredondo relies on power to knock out foe," 4 Aug. 2019 Saad’s husband is employed by the Palestinian National Authority, the body that has governed Gaza since 1994, and works in public health. The Economist, "How to eat well while living under siege," 2 Aug. 2019 Further, a federal law requires appeals to be directed to the House of Federation, the body tasked to deal with constitutional disputes. Yonatan Fessha, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia is facing mounting tensions as an ethnic minority community demands secession," 31 July 2019 And then for extra pain relief, there's also a witch hazel cooling foam, which gets absorbed into the body instead of into the pad the way a spray would. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Postpartum Underwear Just Got a Huge Upgrade With Frida Mom's New Post-Birth Recovery Line," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And Otazu does it well, medium-bodied with flavors of ripe peaches and apricots and a slight note of bitterness at the end. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This $13 Spanish red will provide a delightful match for all your grilled food," 5 July 2019 And this is far from the first time Kellerman bodied Hollins like that. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Max Kellerman Absolutely Roasted Ryan Hollins in the Smoothest Way Possible," 25 June 2019 Half a million years ago, our ancestors were heavier-bodied, with relatively bigger males, more masculine faces and bigger teeth. Richard Wrangham, WSJ, "Humans: The Domesticated Primates," 10 Jan. 2019 This is a fresh, well-balanced, medium-bodied, dry white with notes of pear and lime and a firm mineral edge. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wines We’ll Be Drinking in 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 It had originally been bodied by a company called Corsica. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "The Rolls-Royce Rescued From a Georgia Barn," 16 Oct. 2018 This is a crisp, dry, fairly light bodied white with citrus and herb notes, a bit like a Chablis with the same food-friendly attributes. 4. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving," 16 Nov. 2018 These wines are light bodied but have lots of character: brambly red and black fruits, baking spices and a soft texture unique to this region. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Wine to Pair With Turkey, According to Wine Experts," 15 Nov. 2018 This one is their most basic bottling, a light to medium bodied, slightly rustic red wine with an earthy, slightly spicy nose. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Budget-Wine Hall of Fame," 29 Mar. 2018

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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

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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