body meaning

[ 'bɔdi ] Pronunciation:   "body" in a sentence
Noun: body  bódee
  1. The entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
    "he felt as if his whole body were on fire"
    - organic structure, physical structure 
  2. 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" 
  3. A natural object consisting of a dead animal or person
    "they found the body in the lake"
    - dead body 
  4. An individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects
    "heavenly body" 
  5. The body excluding the head and neck and limbs
    "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
    - torso, trunk 
  6. A collection of particulars considered as a system
    "a body of law"; "a body of doctrine"; "a body of precedents" 
  7. The property of holding together and retaining its shape
    "wool has more body than rayon"
    - consistency, consistence, substance 
  8. The central message of a communication
    "the body of the message was short" 
  9. The main mass of a thing 
  10. A resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)
    - soundbox 
  11. The external structure of a vehicle
    "the body of the car was badly rusted"
Verb: body  bódee
  1. Invest with or as with a body; give body to
    - personify

Derived forms: bodies, bodying, bodied

See also: bodily, thick, thin

Type of: be, body part, cavity resonator, construction, content, embody, mass, message, natural object, personify, property, resonating chamber, resonator, scheme, social group, structure, subject matter, substance, system

Part of: address, narration, recital, speech, yarn

Encyclopedia: Body Body, Mind, Soul Body, Mind and Soul


The principal volume of a building, such as the nave of a church.

[Mechanical engineering]
The part of a drill which runs from the outer corners of the cutting lips to the shank or neck.

n pl bod·ies
a : the organized physical substance of an animal or plant either living or dead: as (1) : the material part or nature of a human being (2) : the dead organism : CORPSE
b : a human being
a : the main part of a plant or animal body esp. as distinguished from limbs and head : TRUNK
b : the main part of an organ (as the uterus)
3 : a kind or form of matter : a material substance —see KETONE BODY


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  1. he fought body and soul for his country.
  2. his big body towers over the others.
  3. a brisk massage restores the body 's vigour.
  4. the officials did not want to release the body.
  5. red cells ferry oxygen throughout the body.

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