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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bod•y /ˈbɑdi/USA pronunciation
n., pl. bod•ies, adj. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
adj. [before a noun]
- the complete structure of a person, animal, plant, or other organism.
- Anatomythe main portion of a person or animal, comprising the trunk but not the head, arms, and legs.
- , Anatomy, Zoologya corpse:The body was cremated.
- Nautical, Aeronautics[countable] the main mass of a thing, as the hull of a ship or the section of a car in which passengers are carried.
- Physicsa mass, esp. one considered as a whole:[countable]Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion.
- the principal part of a speech or document:[countable]You need an introduction and conclusion around the body of your essay.
- [countable] an object in space, as a planet or star.
- [countable] a group or organization: [the student body.]
- a separate and distinct piece of matter:[countable]a foreign body in one's eye.
- [uncountable] substance;
consistency or richness: a wine with good body.
- an amount or quantity of:[countable]several large bodies of water in that area.
- of or relating to the body;
(bod′ē),USA pronunciation n., 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
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;
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;
- 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 Unabridged Body, 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.
- 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mass, group, throng, multitude;
bulk, preponderance, majority.
- 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged handful, scattering, few.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
body /ˈbɒdɪ/ n ( pl bodies)
vb (bodies, bodying, bodied)(transitive)
- the entire physical structure of an animal or human being
- (as modifier): body odour
- the flesh, as opposed to the spirit
- the trunk or torso, not including the limbs, head, or tail
- a dead human or animal; corpse
- the largest or main part of anything: the body of a vehicle, the body of a plant
- a separate or distinct mass of water or land
- a number of individuals regarded as a single entity; group: the student body, they marched in a body
- fullness in the appearance of the hair
- the characteristic full quality of certain wines, determined by the density and the content of alcohol or tannin
- substance or firmness, esp of cloth
- the pigment contained in or added to paint, dye, etc
- the opacity of a paint in covering a surface
- (in watercolour painting) (as modifier): body colour
- an informal or dialect word for a person
- keep body and soul together ⇒ to manage to keep alive; survive
Etymology: Old English bodig; related to Old Norse buthkr box, Old High German botah body
- (usually followed by forth) to give a body or shape to
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