body·​work | \ ˈbä-dē-ˌwərk How to pronounce bodywork (audio) \

Definition of bodywork

1 : a vehicle body
2 : the act or process of making or repairing vehicle bodies
3 : therapeutic touching or manipulation of the body by using specialized techniques

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bodyworker \ ˈbä-​dē-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce bodyworker (audio) \ noun

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As the first generation of rodders started families and gave up the dangers of the race, some shifted their talents to bodywork. Smithsonian, "Take a Trip to America’s Hot Rod Heaven," 10 July 2019 This is the case in the story of Steve Wade, aka Masa, and his ingenuity while putting the finishing touches on some bodywork on his 1965 Chevy Impala before a night of cruising. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Alberto Pulido," 29 July 2019 Gua sha, on the other hand, originated as a bodywork treatment in Chinese medicine. Samantha Lauriello,, "Kaley Cuoco Uses Painful Cupping and Scraping Therapies for Workout Recovery—Here’s What That Means," 27 June 2019 The low mass can be attributed to the carbon composite bodywork and the aluminum structure, as well as extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the minimalist cabin. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Lightweight Limbo: Lotus Applies Familiar Formula to Final 3-Eleven 430," 22 Feb. 2018 The tailgate wasn’t rusty, but the bodywork inside it was a twisted orange confusion of ragged metal. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Recurring Heartbreak of Buying Cars on Craigslist," 30 May 2019 Carbon fiber replaced metal after John Barnard first realized that composites were lighter and stronger: first the monocoque chassis tubs, but eventually almost the entire car, from bodywork to suspension components. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "F1 2018: More than a great game, it’s an interactive history lesson," 17 Aug. 2018 After acquiring some unbuilt chassis and spares, the German company Dauer built five improved EB110 Supersports with new, all-carbon bodywork. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This Bugatti EB110 video is a great reminder of the 1990s supercar boom," 13 Aug. 2018 Aerodynamically, One Moment's airfoils and bodywork have been thoroughly smoothed, eliminating rough spots. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "400mph, 50 feet up—what it takes to race and win world’s fastest motorsport," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of bodywork

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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body·​work | \ -ˌwərk How to pronounce bodywork (audio) \

Medical Definition of bodywork

: therapeutic touching or manipulation of the body by using specialized techniques

Other Words from bodywork

bodyworker \ -​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce bodyworker (audio) \ noun

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