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Meaning of body by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈbɒdi/, X-SAMPA: /"bQdi/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈbɑɾi/, X-SAMPA: /"bAdi/
    • Rhymes: -ɒdi
    • Hyphenation: bod‧y


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    body ( countable and uncountable; plural: bodies )

    1. Physical frame.
      1. The physical structure of a human or animal seen as one single organism. [from 9th c.]
        I saw them walking from a distance, their bodies strangely angular in the dawn light .
      2. The fleshly or corporeal nature of a human, as opposed to the spirit or soul. [from 13th c.]
        The body is driven by desires, but the soul is at peace .
      3. A corpse. [from 13th c.]
        Her body was found at four o'clock, just two hours after the murder .
      4. ( archaic or informal except in compounds ) A person. [from 13th c.]
        What's a body gotta do to get a drink around here?
    2. Main section.
      1. The torso, the main structure of a human or animal frame excluding the extremities ( limbs, head, tail ). [from 9th c.]
        The boxer took a blow to the body .
      2. The largest or most important part of anything, as distinct from its appendages or accessories. [from 11th c.]
        The bumpers and front tyres were ruined, but the body of the car was in remarkable shape .
      3. ( archaic ) The section of a dress extending from the neck to the waist, excluding the arms. [from 16th c.]
        Penny was in the scullery, pressing the body of her new dress .
      4. The content of a letter, message, or other document, as distinct from signatures, salutations, headers, and so on. [from 17th c.]
      5. A bodysuit. [from 19th c.]
      6. ( programming ) The code of a subroutine, contrasted to its signature and parameters. [from 20th c.]
        In many programming languages, the method body is enclosed in curly braces .
    3. Coherent group.
      1. A group of men or people having a common purpose or opinion; a mass. [from 16th c.]
        I was escorted from the building by a body of armed security guards .
      2. An organisation, company or other authoritative group. [from 17th c.]
        The local train operating company is the managing body for this section of track .
      3. A unified collection of details, knowledge or information. [from 17th c.]
        We have now amassed a body of evidence which points to one conclusion .
    4. Material entity.
      1. Any physical object or material thing. [from 14th c.]
        All bodies are held together by internal forces .
      2. ( uncountable ) Substance; physical presence. [from 17th c.]
        We have given body to what was just a vague idea .
      3. ( uncountable ) Comparative viscosity, solidity or substance ( in wine, colours etc. ). [from 17th c.]
        The red wine, sadly, lacked body .

    See also

    • Compact Oxford English Dictionary
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    • See also Wikisaurus:body
    • See also Wikisaurus:corpse


    body ( third-person singular simple present bodies present participle bodying, simple past and past participle bodied )

    1. To give body or shape to something .
    2. To construct the bodywork of a car .
    3. ( transitive ) To embody.



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Explanation of body by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. invest with or as with a body

    1. the external structure of a vehicle

    2. the body of the car was badly rusted
    3. a resonating chamber in a musical instrument ( as the body of a violin )

    4. the property of holding together and retaining its shape

    5. wool has more body than rayon
    6. the main mass of a thing

    7. the entire structure of an organism ( an animal, plant, or human being )

    8. he felt as if his whole body were on fire
    9. a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person

    10. they found the body in the lake
    11. the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

    12. they moved their arms and legs and bodies
    13. the central message of a communication

    14. the body of the message was short
    15. a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

    16. the whole body filed out of the auditorium
      the student body
      administrative body
    17. a collection of particulars considered as a system

    18. a body of law
      a body of doctrine
      a body of precedents
    19. an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects

    20. heavenly body

    Definition of body by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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.