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body

noun \ ˈbä-dē \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of body

plural bodies
1 a : 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
2 a : 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?
3 a : 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 world
  • New York Times
; also : a sensible object in physical space
c : aggregate, quantity
  • a body of evidence
4 a 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 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
6 a : 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 2) 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.

Recent Examples of body from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of body

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

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body

verb

Definition of body

bodied; bodying
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

Examples of body in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of body from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of body

see 1body


BODY Defined for English Language Learners

body

noun

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

noun \ ˈbä-dē \

Definition of body for Students

plural bodies
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

bodied

\ˈbäd-ēd\ adjective
  • long-bodied animals

Medical Dictionary

body

noun \ ˈbäd-ē \

medical Definition of body

plural bodies
1 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
2 a : 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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