body

noun
\ ˈbä-dē \
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 smoke opens the pores and cleanses and perfumes their bodies. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Her body had been under rubble for five days before rescuers found her, Garone Behnke said. Fox News, "Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble," 19 Oct. 2018 Your body does a clutch job of detoxing all on its own—that's precisely what your liver, kidneys, and intestines are for. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "10 Apple Cider Vinegar Facts to Know Before You Drink It," 1 Jan. 2019 Plus, your body will convert the excess protein to carbohydrates for fuel. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Ultimate Keto Diet Foods List of What You Can (and Can't) Eat," 28 Dec. 2018 In its earliest incarnation, the bunny offered love: a perfect, crimson heart extended from its ASCII body like a valentine waiting to be claimed. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 Europa, a moon of Jupiter, is one of the most intriguing bodies in the solar system. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Nuclear Tunneling Worm Could Help Us Find Out What's Beneath Europa's Ice," 17 Dec. 2018 According The Eagle, a newspaper covering Texas A&M and its surrounds, the body of water is stocked with fish, which the public can fish for on a catch-and-release basis. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George H.W. Bush To Be Buried at His Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas," 4 Dec. 2018 Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Keira Knightley Criticizes the Expectations Set on Kate Middleton After Giving Birth," 7 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 This is a crisp, dry, fairly light bodied white with citrus and herb notes, a bit like a Chablis with the same food-friendly attributes. 4. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving," 16 Nov. 2018 These wines are light bodied but have lots of character: brambly red and black fruits, baking spices and a soft texture unique to this region. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Wine to Pair With Turkey, According to Wine Experts," 15 Nov. 2018 This one is their most basic bottling, a light to medium bodied, slightly rustic red wine with an earthy, slightly spicy nose. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Budget-Wine Hall of Fame," 29 Mar. 2018 Fuller-bodied than many California pinots, the Artesa bottling is packed with aromas and flavors of cherries, raspberries and plums along with a lovely floral component. Dave Eckert, kansascity, "A handful of wine recommendations as winter ends and spring begins | The Kansas City Star," 26 Mar. 2018 The resulting wine is fragrant, light- to medium-bodied and dry, the acacia adding floral, smoky and caramel notes to the wine’s basically citric flavor. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Bright and intriguing wines in full bloom at these four foothill wineries | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 More details: NKY Medicaid forum: Able-bodied must job train or volunteer More: Want to keep Medicaid? Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "A federal judge will decide whether Ky. Medicaid work rules start July 1 in NKY," 28 June 2018 Dance phrases are all admirably full bodied and three-dimensional, with upper and lower halves of the body equally active. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "‘Carousel’ Dances Are a New Feather in the Enigmatic Justin Peck’s Cap," 19 Apr. 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 \
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 \
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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