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body

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noun \ˈbä-dē\

Definition of body

plural

bodies

  1. 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

  2. 2 a :  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 :  person

  3. 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. 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. 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. 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 in a sentence

  1. a part of the body

  2. Her body is very muscular.

  3. A bird's body is covered in feathers.

  4. This species has a black body and a white head.

  5. She held her arms tightly against her body.

  6. There was extensive damage to the truck's body.

  7. The body of the bus is almost entirely rusted out.

Origin and Etymology of body

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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body

verb

Definition of body

bodied

bodying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give form or shape to :  embody

  3. 2 :  represent, symbolize —usually used with forth

Examples of body in a sentence

  1. <abstract sculpture that bodies forth the artist's aesthetic of minimalism>

15th Century

First Known Use of body

15th century



BODY Defined for English Language Learners

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body

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noun \ˈbä-dē\

Definition of body for English Language Learners

  • : a person's or animal's whole physical self

  • : a dead person or animal

  • : the main physical part of a person or animal


BODY Defined for Kids

body

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noun \ˈbä-dē\

Definition of body for Students

plural

bodies

  1. 1 :  the physical whole of a live or dead person or animal <the human body>

  2. 2 :  the main part of a person, animal, or plant <She held her arms tightly against her body.>

  3. 3 :  a human being <The resort offered everything a body could want.>

  4. 4 :  the main or central part <the body of a letter>

  5. 5 :  the main part of a motor vehicle

  6. 6 :  a group of persons or things united for some purpose <a body of troops>

  7. 7 :  a mass or portion of something distinct from other masses <a body of water>

bodied

\ˈbäd-ēd\ adjective <long-bodied animals>

Medical Dictionary

body

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noun \ˈbäd-ē\

Medical Definition of body

plural

bodies

  1. 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 :  corpseb:  a human being

  2. 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. 3:  a kind or form of matter :  a material substance



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