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[ bod-ee ]
/ ˈbɒd i /
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noun, plural bod·ies.
verb (used with object), bod·ied, bod·y·ing.
to invest with or as with a body.
to represent in bodily form (usually followed by forth).
adjective
of or relating to the body; bodily.
of or relating to the main reading matter of a book, article, etc., as opposed to headings, illustrations, or the like.
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Idioms about body

    in a body, as a group; together; collectively: We left the party in a body.
    keep body and soul together, to support oneself; maintain life: Few writers can make enough to keep body and soul together without another occupation.

Origin of body

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English bodig; akin to Old High German botah

synonym study for body

1, 2. 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for body

body
/ (ˈbɒdɪ) /

noun plural bodies
verb bodies, bodying or bodied (tr)
(usually foll by forth) to give a body or shape to

Word Origin for body

Old English bodig; related to Old Norse buthkr box, Old High German botah body
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Medical definitions for body

body
[ bŏdē ]

n.
The entire material or physical structure of an organism, especially of a human.
The physical part of a person.
A corpse or carcass.
The trunk or torso of a human, as distinguished from the head, neck, and extremities.
The largest or principal part, as of an organ; corpus.
A physical thing or kind of substance.
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