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

The Florida man accused of brutally murdering his wife and their four young children allegedly drove around with their bodies in the back of his van for several weeks. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Fla. Mom and Her 4 Slain Kids Were Allegedly in Dad's Van for Weeks as He Faces Murder Charges," 17 Sep. 2019 Football taxes a body in ways that other professions do not, and Jefferson said mandatory team meetings don’t start until after 8 a.m. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "A look inside the secretive Ravens ‘Council,’ where brotherhood, dedication and a touch of humor rule," 13 Sep. 2019 Authorities found Johnson’s body in a field of a property by the Byron Highway and Herdlyn Road. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Woman found dead in rural East Bay field finally identified.," 13 Sep. 2019 Your arm rests against your body in a horizontal pouch. Los Angeles Times, "Column: When a hospital sling costs 900% more than Amazon’s price, something is very wrong," 13 Sep. 2019 Seattle did have extra bodies in the box which forced the Bengals to rely on quarterback Andy Dalton’s arm. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals notebook: RB Joe Mixon (ankle) practices for the first time this week," 12 Sep. 2019 South African Rugby, the sport’s governing body in that country, said the cause was a heart attack. Huw Richards, New York Times, "Chester Williams, Rugby Champion Who Signaled Apartheid’s Defeat, Dies at 49," 12 Sep. 2019 Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to return to the game in a different capacity, with the Frenchman widely tipped to join football's governing body in a technical director role. SI.com, "Details of Arsene Wenger's New Role at FIFA are Revealed Ahead of Official Announcement," 12 Sep. 2019 Some of Boochani’s most vivid descriptions concern the smells of the camp: the unrelenting odor of men’s bodies in extreme heat, the inescapable smell of foul breath in close quarters. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Behrouz Boochani Is One of Australia’s Most Celebrated Writers, But He Can’t Step Onshore," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Vienna Lager resembles Oktoberfest beers, or Märzens, in flavor, but the lager is lighter bodied, with slightly less malt character and more bitterness — and more drinkability. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "Beer trend alert: The resurgence of Mexican lager," 6 Sep. 2019 Not only does Oregon State need a big-bodied back in the class of 2020, but Newell is also one of the West Coast’s most productive playmakers. oregonlive.com, "Isaiah Newell, key Oregon State Beavers RB target, ready to announce commitment Thursday morning," 14 Aug. 2019 The William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016, which is dry, buttery, medium-bodied, and full of orchard fruit like apples and pears, allows food to shine while mellowing and balancing seasoning and spice. Sara Mae Albert, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Plan a Casual Chic Dinner Party," 2 Aug. 2019 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

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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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