body

[ bod-ee ]
/ ˈbɒd i /

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.

Idioms

    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

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

Synonym study

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 bodies

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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Medicine definitions for bodies

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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Idioms and Phrases with bodies

body


In addition to the idioms beginning with body

  • body blow
  • body English

also see:

  • keep body and soul together
  • over my dead body
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