the physical structure and material substance of an animal or plant, living or dead.
a corpse; carcass.
the trunk or main mass of a thing: the body of a tree.
Architecture. the principal mass of a building.
the section of a vehicle, usually in the shape of a box, cylindrical container, or platform, in or on which passengers or the load is carried.
Nautical. the hull of a ship.
Aeronautics. the fuselage of a plane.
Printing. the shank of a type, supporting the face.
Geometry. a figure having the three dimensions of length, breadth, and thickness; a solid.
Physics. a mass, especially one considered as a whole.
the major portion of an army, population, etc.: The body of the American people favors the president's policy.
the principal part of a speech or document, minus introduction, conclusion, indexes, etc.
a person: She's a quiet sort of body.
Law. the physical person of an individual.
a collective group: student body; corporate body.
Also called heavenly body .Astronomy. an object in space, as a planet or star.
a separate physical mass or quantity, especially as distinguished from other masses or quantities.
consistency or density; richness; substance: This wine has good body.Wool has more body than rayon.
the part of a dress that covers the trunk or the part of the trunk above the waist.
Ceramics. the basic material of which a ceramic article is made.
to invest with or as with a body.
to represent in bodily form (usually followed by forth).
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 about body
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How to use body in a sentence
Jiménez also told the Blade the morgue did not properly store her sister’s body.Tijuana authorities criticized over handling of transgender woman’s murder | Michael K. Lavers | September 17, 2020 | Washington Blade
She feared that confinement was taking its toll on her body.A woman in ICE detention says her fallopian tube was removed without her consent | Nicole Narea | September 17, 2020 | Vox
However the strength of these independent bodies completely depends on who is put into these positions and ultimately the decisions for those lie within the office of the president.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state | Anthony Green | September 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
In the human body, thousands of different players make the meaningful whole possible.What the Meadow Teaches Us - Issue 90: Something Green | Andreas Weber | September 16, 2020 | Nautilus
The potential advantage of a vaccine using an attenuated live strain is that the body will encounter—and be able to react to—the entire virus.Synthetic biologists have created a slow-growing version of the coronavirus to give as a vaccine | David Rotman | September 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
And not just sick in the body but in your mind, because you start obsessing.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze | Lizzie Crocker | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In other words, the free speech exhibited by the folks at Charlie Hebdo was not virtuous—until there was a body count.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It jettisons jiggling ribbons of joy to every part of my body.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
My body used for his hard pleasure; a stone god gripping me in his hands.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I have to think her body type played a role,” said Rachel Greenblatt, a Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Harvard University.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America? | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Duchess had also a tent for their sick men; so that we had a small town of our own here, and every body employed.
The sad end of the mission to King M'Bongo has been narrated in the body of this work.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The evening previous to his death he was walking about the farm, in the full possession of all his faculties of mind and body.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The generall mayne body of the planters are divided into Officers, Laborers, Farmors.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
(c) Decomposition of exudates anywhere in the body, as in empyema, bronchiectasis, and large tuberculous cavities.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for body
the entire physical structure of an animal or human being: Related adjectives: corporeal, physical
(as modifier): body odour
the flesh, as opposed to the spirit: while we are still in the body
the trunk or torso, not including the limbs, head, or tail
a dead human or animal; corpse
the largest or main part of anything: the body of a vehicle; the body of a plant
a separate or distinct mass of water or land
the main part; majority: the body of public opinion
the central part of a written work: the body of a thesis as opposed to the footnotes
a number of individuals regarded as a single entity; group: the student body; they marched in a body
maths a three-dimensional region with an interior
physics an object or substance that has three dimensions, a mass, and is distinguishable from surrounding objects
fullness in the appearance of the hair
the characteristic full quality of certain wines, determined by the density and the content of alcohol or tannin: a Burgundy has a heavy body
substance or firmness, esp of cloth
the sound box of a guitar, violin, or similar stringed instrument
a woman's close-fitting one-piece garment for the torso
the part of a dress covering the body from the shoulders to the waist
another name for shank (def. 11)
the pigment contained in or added to paint, dye, etc
the opacity of a paint in covering a surface
the apparent viscosity of a paint
(in watercolour painting)
a white filler mixed with pigments to make them opaque
(as modifier): body colour See also gouache
printing the measurement from top to bottom of a piece of type, usually ascender to descender
an informal or dialect word for a person
keep body and soul together to manage to keep alive; survive
(modifier) of or relating to the main reading matter of a book as distinct from headings, illustrations, appendices, etc: the body text
(usually foll by forth) to give a body or shape to
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with body
In addition to the idioms beginning with body
- body blow
- body English
- keep body and soul together
- over my dead body
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