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main body

noun, Nautical.
the hull, as distinguished from the rest of a ship. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Having safely accomplished this arduous undertaking, he led the main body of his army back to Persia by land.

  • They came with the news that the main body had mysteriously disappeared.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • The Mammalian presternum (manubrium sterni) and xiphosternum have the same origin as the main body of the sternum (Ruge, No. 438).

  • Your skirmishers are five yards too far from your main body—five days in barracks.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • The presence of the boat guard warned the Spanish captain that the main body of the pirates was near at hand.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • Still the numbers of the main body seemed in no wise to diminish.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • The best results are obtained when the main body is used as a whole.

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