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body plan

Biology. the basic shape of members of an animal phylum; the general structure each individual organism assumes as it develops.
Naval Architecture. a diagrammatic elevation of a hull, consisting of an end view of the bow on one side of the center line and an end view of the stern on the other side, marked with water lines, diagonals, bow or buttock lines, stations, and sometimes details of the hull.
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First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The cardboard templates must be cut, one for each half-section, as shown in the body plan, Fig. 67.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • There are three of them,—the sheer plan, the half-breadth plan, and the body plan.

  • On card-board or stiff paper, mark a series of patterns of the different sections shown on the body plan.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • A division in the middle (cutting it in two parts, so that you can see the whole circumference) may suggest to you the body plan.

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