body·​work ˈbä-dē-ˌwərk How to pronounce bodywork (audio)
: a vehicle body
: the act or process of making or repairing vehicle bodies
: therapeutic touching or manipulation of the body by using specialized techniques
bodyworker noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The chassis was fitted with four-door, three-position cabriolet bodywork by the coachbuilders Voll & Ruhrbeck of Berlin. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 22 Dec. 2022 About 200 examples were eventually built, including approximately 30 with the more aerodynamic Coda Tronca bodywork designed for high-speed circuits like Monza and Le Mans. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 14 Nov. 2022 Riding on 22-inch wheels and tyres, the rear end of the ID.Aero is drawn in, and all surfaces fit flush to the bodywork. Michael Taylor, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Unlike every previous Morgan, including the company's current four-wheel models, there is no longer a frame incorporating ye olde English timber beneath the bodywork. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 15 June 2022 Much of the bodywork is made from carbon-fiber and Kevlar, and the A59 features a distinctive hood with three large rectangular vents. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 1 Nov. 2022 For the uninitiated: Watsu is a blend—both linguistic and therapeutic—of water and shiatsu, a Japanese form of bodywork. Abbie Kozolchyk, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2022 In between, choose from a variety of bodywork therapies like massage and lymphatic drainage, or a holistic health consultation. Jayme Moye, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 July 2022 Nomads who work as coaches regularly offer circles and paid workshops for breath work, bodywork, shadow work, heart opening, and chakra meditation. Susana Ferreira, WIRED, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bodywork was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Bodywork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


body·​work -ˌwərk How to pronounce bodywork (audio)
: therapeutic touching or manipulation of the body by using specialized techniques
bodyworker noun
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