- ( RP ) IPA: /ˈbɒdi/, X-SAMPA: /"bQdi/
- ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈbɑɾi/, X-SAMPA: /"bAdi/
- Rhymes: -ɒdi
- Hyphenation: bod‧y
- Physical frame.
- The physical structure of a human or animal seen as one single organism. [from 9th c.]
- The fleshly or corporeal nature of a human, as opposed to the spirit or soul. [from 13th c.]
- A corpse. [from 13th c.]
- ( archaic or informal except in compounds ) A person. [from 13th c.]
- 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 463:
- 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, chapter 28:
- Main section.
- The torso, the main structure of a human or animal frame excluding the extremities ( limbs, head, tail ). [from 9th c.]
- The largest or most important part of anything, as distinct from its appendages or accessories. [from 11th c.]
- ( archaic ) The section of a dress extending from the neck to the waist, excluding the arms. [from 16th c.]
- The content of a letter, message, or other document, as distinct from signatures, salutations, headers, and so on. [from 17th c.]
- A bodysuit. [from 19th c.]
- ( programming ) The code of a subroutine, contrasted to its signature and parameters. [from 20th c.]
- Coherent group.
- A group of men or people having a common purpose or opinion; a mass. [from 16th c.]
- An organisation, company or other authoritative group. [from 17th c.]
- A unified collection of details, knowledge or information. [from 17th c.]
- Material entity.
- Any physical object or material thing. [from 14th c.]
- ( uncountable ) Substance; physical presence. [from 17th c.]
- ( uncountable ) Comparative viscosity, solidity or substance ( in wine, colours etc. ). [from 17th c.]
- Compact Oxford English Dictionary
- MSN encarta
- acetone body
- administrative body
- after body
- amygaloid body
- anococcygeal body
- asteroid body
- astral body
- Barr body
- black body
- body armour
- body bag
- body blow
- body cavity
- body check
- body clock
- body coat
- body conscious
- body contact
- body count
- body image
- body louse
- body mass index
- body odour
- body politic
- body shop
- body snatcher
From Middle English body, bodiȝ, from Old English bodiġ, bodeġ ( “body, trunk, chest, torso, height, stature” ), from Proto-Germanic *budagan, *budagaz ( “body, trunk", also "grown” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bheudh- ( “to be awake, observe” ). Cognate with German Bottech ( “body, trunk, corpse” ), Bavarian and Swabian Bottich ( “body, trunk” ) .
Explanation of body by Wordnet Dictionary
- heavenly body
- Body n.; pl. Bodies [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. √257. Cf. Bodice.]
1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the physical person.
Absent in body, but present in spirit. 1 Cor. v. 3
For of the soul the body form doth take.
For soul is form, and doth the body make. Spenser.
2. The trunk, or main part, of a person or animal, as distinguished from the limbs and head; the main, central, or principal part, as of a tree, army, country, etc.
Who set the body and the limbs
Of this great sport together? Shak.
The van of the king's army was led by the general; . . . in the body was the king and the prince. Clarendon.
Rivers that run up into the body of Italy. Addison.
3. The real, as opposed to the symbolical; the substance, as opposed to the shadow.
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Col. ii. 17.
4. A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as, “anybody, nobody”.
A dry, shrewd kind of a body. W. Irving.
5. A number of individuals spoken of collectively, usually as united by some common tie, or as organized for some purpose; a collective whole or totality; a corporation; as, “a legislative body; a clerical body”.
A numerous body led unresistingly to the slaughter. Prescott.
6. A number of things or particulars embodied in a system; a general collection; as, “a great body of facts; a body of laws or of divinity”.
7. Any mass or portion of matter; any substance distinct from others; as, “a metallic body; a moving body; an aëriform body”. “A body of cold air.” Huxley.
By collision of two bodies, grind
The air attrite to fire. Milton.
8. Amount; quantity; extent.
9. That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished from the parts covering the limbs.
10. The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is placed; as, “a wagon body; a cart body”.
11. ( Print. ) The shank of a type, or the depth of the shank ( by which the size is indicated ); as, “a nonpareil face on an agate body”.
12. ( Geom. ) A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure.
13. Consistency; thickness; substance; strength; as, “this color has body; wine of a good body”.
☞ Colors bear a body when they are capable of being ground so fine, and of being mixed so entirely with oil, as to seem only a very thick oil of the same color.
14. ( Aëronautics ) The central, longitudinal framework of a flying machine, to which are attached the planes or aërocurves, passenger accommodations, controlling and propelling apparatus, fuel tanks, etc. Also called fuselage.
After body ( Naut. ), the part of a ship abaft the dead flat. -- Body cavity ( Anat. ), the space between the walls of the body and the inclosed viscera; the cælum; -- in mammals, divided by the diaphragm into thoracic and abdominal cavities. -- Body of a church, the nave. -- Body cloth; pl. Body cloths, a cloth or blanket for covering horses. -- Body clothes. ( pl. )
1. Clothing for the body; esp. underclothing.
2. Body cloths for horses. [Obs.] Addison. -- Body coat, a gentleman's dress coat. -- Body color ( Paint. ), a pigment that has consistency, thickness, or body, in distinction from a tint or wash. -- Body of a law ( Law ), the main and operative part. -- Body louse ( Zool. ), a species of louse ( Pediculus vestimenti ), which sometimes infests the human body and clothes. See Grayback. -- Body plan ( Shipbuilding ), an end elevation, showing the conbour of the sides of a ship at certain points of her length. -- Body politic, the collective body of a nation or state as politically organized, or as exercising political functions; also, a corporation. Wharton.
As to the persons who compose the body politic or associate themselves, they take collectively the name of “people”, or “nation”. Bouvier.
-- Body servant, a valet. -- The bodies seven ( Alchemy ), the metals corresponding to the planets. [Obs.]
Sol gold is, and Luna silver we threpe ( =call ), Mars yren ( =iron ), Mercurie quicksilver we clepe, Saturnus lead, and Jupiter is tin, and Venus coper. Chaucer.
-- Body snatcher, one who secretly removes without right or authority a dead body from a grave, vault, etc.; a resurrectionist. -- Body snatching ( Law ), the unauthorized removal of a dead body from the grave; usually for the purpose of dissection.
- Body v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bodied ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bodying.] To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite shape; to embody.
To body forth, to give from or shape to mentally.
Imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown. Shak.
Definition of body by GCIDE Dictionary