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 See More
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There are size-inclusive jeans options for every body type and style preference—and what’s even more helpful are the customer ratings and reviews that offer tips on fit and durability.—Nykia Spradley, Glamour, 21 Sep. 2023 State troopers found his body the following morning in his overturned and submerged Jeep Gladiator, local media reported.—Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 There are body makeup products, however, that are formulated to be used on the face and the body.—Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 Multiple experts compared this phrasing to saying that a body of water holds enough water to drown a state's worth of people.—Kerry Breen, CBS News, 21 Sep. 2023 The world has already warmed about one degree above pre-industrial levels, according to the international body.—Thomas Catenacci, Fox News, 21 Sep. 2023 Turning to laxatives for weight loss can lead to serious side effects since losing water in the body can lead to dehydration and disrupt body functions.—Dominique Fluker, Essence, 21 Sep. 2023 Novak also finds time to go surfing on weekends when his body has not been battered.—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2023 The bodies of Kaylee and Maddie were on the third floor in the same single bed in Maddie's room.—Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2023
Several other surfers, including the one nearly bodied by the spinner shark, seemed unbothered.—Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2023 That was textbook work by the corner, who bodied Parker and just took the ball away from him.—Christopher Price, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2023 Majority White voting bodies lead to unconscious bias As for why these mainstream awards are slow to reward and recognize diverse talent, the answer is often in the awards bodies themselves.—Leah Asmelash, CNN, 11 Mar. 2023 Riley went after similar effects in rendering images of a young girl absorbed in a book, her head and body an assembly of blocky forms in gradations of gray, from pure white to deepest black, or of trees rising as hulking forms silhouetted along a riverbank, almost like reclining bodies.—Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2023 Never a volume automaker, Talbot-Lago produced only 35 examples of the T26 Grand Sport, of which only three were bodied with open coachwork on the desirable short-wheelbase chassis.—Robert Ross, Robb Report, 5 June 2023 Doniak bodied past a defender to collect Shaw’s pinpointed pass at the top of the box, maintained possession while creating an angle left of the goal and netted her second score this season, fifth in 25 matches with the Wave and 17th in her seven-year NWSL career.—Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2023 In the dying embers of stoppage time, Bruin bodied Timbers center back Larrys Mabiala through the box and put home his header, stunning the Providence Park crowd and sending Portland to the locker room with a sour taste in its mouth despite what was previously a strong performance.—oregonlive, 7 May 2023 Of course, Teyana Taylor would quite literally body her Met Gala look.—Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 May 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Old English bodig; akin to Old High German boteh corpse
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a