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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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 According to researchers, platforms like Instagram can contribute to body image issues and depression because humans have an innate desire to compare themselves to others. Billy Perrigo, Time, 16 Sep. 2021 She had been seen alive just days before her body was found. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Sep. 2021 People have openly talked for years about how Instagram isn't really great for body image in teens—or even adults. Korin Miller, Health.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Also, remember that problematic social media use related to issues such as body image can be more a symptom than the cause of the teen's issue, according to Parent. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 Barry Morphew is charged with the murder of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, whose body still hasn’t been found since her disappearance on Mother’s Day 2020. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2021 More than 50 years after a San Diego woman’s body was found in her apartment, a judge this week ordered the now 76-year-old man accused of killing her to stand trial on a murder charge. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 Here are some lowlights, based on Facebook’s own internal research about Instagram’s effects: Instagram makes a third of teen girls’ body image issues worse. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 14 Sep. 2021 Brown, 26, opens up about her struggles with depression, body image and more in the book, and details the joys and frustrations that have accompanied her newfound celebrity. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kourosh and colleagues surveyed doctors and surgeons, examining the question of whether videoconferencing during the pandemic was a potential contributor to body dysmorphic disorder. Amit Katwala, Wired, 30 Aug. 2021 There was also no DNA/diet interaction for waist circumference, body mass index, or body fat percentage. Sharon Begley, Scientific American, 21 Feb. 2018 At the moment, however, no one has figured out how to refresh Mickey’s brain biology, no matter which body it’s attached to. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Lizzo's ultimate goal is to foster a world where bodies of all shapes and sizes are accepted and body positive statements don't need to be big moments anymore. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2021 Wallace attended the camp, and learned how to body people the Oakley Way right then and there. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 18 May 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, 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, 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, 25 Apr. 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

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 \ ˈbä-​dēd \ 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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