noun the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
organic structure; physical structure.
- he felt as if his whole body were on fire
noun a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
- the whole body filed out of the auditorium
- the student body
- administrative body
noun a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person
- they found the body in the lake
noun an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects
noun the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
- they moved their arms and legs and bodies
noun a collection of particulars considered as a system
- a body of law
- a body of doctrine
- a body of precedents
noun the property of holding together and retaining its shape
consistence; eubstance; consistency.
- wool has more body than rayon
- when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake
noun the central message of a communication
- the body of the message was short
noun the main mass of a thing
noun a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)
noun the external structure of a vehicle
- the body of the car was badly rusted
verb invest with or as with a body; give body to
, AS. bodig
; akin to OHG. botah
. Cf. Bodice
- 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.
- 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?
The van of the king's army was led by the general; . . . in the body was the king and the prince.
Rivers that run up into the body of Italy.
- 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.
- A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as, anybody, nobody.
A dry, shrewd kind of a body.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
By collision of two bodies, grind
The air attrite to fire.
- Amount; quantity; extent.
- That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished from the parts covering the limbs.
- The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is placed; as, a wagon body; a cart body.
- (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.
- (Geom.) A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure.
- 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.
Bod"y transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Bodied (); present participle & verbal noun Bodying
- To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite shape; to embody.
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