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or body-building, body building

[bod-ee-bil-ding] /ˈbɒd iˌbɪl dɪŋ/
the act or practice of exercising, lifting weights, etc., so as to develop the muscles of the body.
Origin of bodybuilding
1900-05; from the verb phrase build (up one's) body; see -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Through the vegetable he gets the mineral necessary for his body building.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter
  • Every pound contains more than three ounces of protein, the source of nitrogen for body building.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • Yet in both cases, these diverse kinds of food accomplish the same end,—body building and the supplying of energy.

British Dictionary definitions for body building

body building

the practice of performing regular exercises designed to make the muscles of the body conspicuous
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