body·​work | \ˈbä-dē-ˌwərk \

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 \ noun

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And here, as on the bigger truck, Ford’s designers didn’t even try to integrate the headlamps and taillamps into the bulging bodywork. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Ford Ranger Raptor Dissected: Engine, Styling, Chassis, and More!," 19 Mar. 2018 Leach only had one full set of bodywork, so J-12 got the original nose while J-11 got the original tail. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "Jam Master J-12: Ford GT40 Mark IV Heading to Auction in Florida," 8 Feb. 2018 The bodywork used in qualifying has to be the exact same that’s used on race day. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "In Formula 1, you have to be amazing just to be average," 26 June 2018 That dictated widening the front track by six inches, fitting a suspension system that would have cost $10,000 in the aftermarket, and adding unique bodywork to cover the widened front. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Best Trucks for Any Budget," 19 June 2018 The rest of the car wears a heavy patina and a fair amount of corrosion, but the bodywork and glass are in good shape and the only real rust issue can be found on one of the B-pillars. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "1963 Chevrolet Corvette parked in a garage for 45 years could be worth a small fortune," 16 June 2018 New rules this year give every car the same bodywork, so only the Chevrolet and Honda engines and limited adjustments available to teams differentiate the cars. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What you need to know about the 2018 Indianapolis 500," 25 May 2018 Instead, Ferrari engineered clever scoops and flow channels into the bodywork itself. Michael Whiteley,, "Ferrari's prancing horse gets a kick with turbocharged 488 GTB," 16 June 2017 The entire weirdness of the GT’s form—the visual weight of the bodywork over the wheel arches, for example—is the product of the anamorphic stretching of the coupe form in the vertical. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 BMW 640xi GT: A High-Riding, Roomy Sedan That’s Fun to Drive," 20 Apr. 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 \

Medical Definition of bodywork 

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

Other Words from bodywork

bodyworker \ -​ˌwər-​kər \ noun

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