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

Examples of bodywork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Treatments include bodywork, functional medicine, and garden therapies, plus natural beauty rituals. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 23 Apr. 2024 Clothed in rakish bodywork designed by Ducati 916 stylist Massimo Tamburini, the new MV Agusta was an immediate sensation, and was included in the landmark Art of the Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim in New York City. William Roberson, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Like the bodywork, the Sport Classic's powertrain is based on the 911 Turbo, but unlike the Turbo, the Sport Classic is rear-wheel-drive rather than all-wheel-drive. Bradley Iger, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2023 With the exception of aluminum door skins, carbon-fiber forms the rest of the bodywork. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 17 Aug. 2023 The world’s top carriage builders picked up the reins (or, more accurately, dropped them) and began designing increasingly elegant bodywork for the nascent motorcar industry; within three decades, automakers such as Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and Bentley were also competing. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 The carbon fiber lower sections of the Arcadia’s bodywork are painted solid silver, rather than being left fully- or partially-exposed, as on the other versions of Droptail. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Opt for a Lomi Lomi massage, which draws on the Hawaiian traditions of bodywork and aromatherapy, or try a treatment tailored for couples or moms-to-be (the adults-only resort is ideal for honeymooners and expecting parents). Julia Eskins, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Feb. 2024 This special edition celebrated Lamborghini's 30th anniversary and brought unique bodywork and a horsepower boost to 523 ponies from the 5.7-liter V-12. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 21 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bodywork was in 1837

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“Bodywork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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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