bod•y(bod′ē),USA pronunciationn., pl.bod•ies,v.,bod•ied, bod•y•ing,adj. n.
Anatomy, Zoologythe physical structure and material substance of an animal or plant, living or dead.
Anatomy, Zoologya corpse; carcass.
Architecture, the trunk or main mass of a thing:the body of a tree.
[Anat., Zool.]the physical structure of a human being or animal, not including the head, limbs, and tail; trunk; torso.
Architecturethe principal mass of a building.
Transportthe section of a vehicle, usually in the shape of a box, cylindrical container, or platform, in or on which passengers or the load is carried.
Nautical, Naval Termsthe hull of a ship.
Nautical, Aeronautics[Aeron.]the fuselage of a plane.
Printingthe shank of a type, supporting the face. See diag. under type.
Mathematics[Geom.]a figure having the three dimensions of length, breadth, and thickness; a solid.
Physicsa mass, esp. one considered as a whole.
the major portion of an army, population, etc.:The body of the American people favors the president's policy.
the principal part of a speech or document, minus introduction, conclusion, indexes, etc.
a person:She's a quiet sort of body.
Lawthe physical person of an individual.
a collective group:student body; corporate body.
Astronomyan object in space, as a planet or star.
a separate physical mass or quantity, esp. as distinguished from other masses or quantities.
consistency or density; richness; substance:This wine has good body. Wool has more body than rayon.
Clothingthe part of a dress that covers the trunk or the part of the trunk above the waist.
Ceramicsthe basic material of which a ceramic article is made.
Idiomsin a body, as a group; together; collectively:We left the party in a body.
Idiomskeep body and soul together, to support oneself; maintain life:Few writers can make enough to keep body and soul together without another occupation.
to invest with or as with a body.
to represent in bodily form (usually fol. by forth).
of or pertaining to the body; bodily.
of or pertaining to the main reading matter of a book, article, etc., as opposed to headings, illustrations, or the like.
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English bodig; akin to Old High German botah
1, 2.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedBody,carcass,corpse,cadaver agree in referring to a physical organism, usually human or animal. Body refers to the material organism of an individual, human or animal, either living or dead:the muscles in a horse's body; the body of a victim(human or animal). Carcass refers only to the dead body of an animal, unless applied humorously or contemptuously to the human body:a sheep's carcass; Save your carcass.Corpse refers only to the dead body of a human being:preparing a corpse for burial.Cadaver refers to a dead body, usually a corpse, particularly one used for scientific study:dissection of cadavers in anatomy classes.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged substance, bulk.