Definition of body
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 wingsb : 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 bodiesb : 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 spacec : aggregate, quantity a body of evidence
4a clothing : the part of a garment covering the trunk or torso the body of a wet suitb : 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 asa : a fighting unit : force a body of cavalryb : 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 bodyb : viscosity, consistency —used especially of oils and greasec : 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
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.
Origin and Etymology of body
Middle English, from Old English bodig; akin to Old High German boteh corpse
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Examples of body in a Sentence
abstract sculpture that bodies forth the artist's aesthetic of minimalism
BODY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of body for Students
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 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 : corpseb: a human being
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: a kind or form of matter : a material substance
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