|—n , pl bodies|
|1.||a. the entire physical structure of an animal or human beingRelated: corporeal, physical|
|b. (as modifier): body odour|
|2.||the flesh, as opposed to the spirit: while we are still in the body|
|3.||the trunk or torso, not including the limbs, head, or tail|
|4.||a dead human or animal; corpse|
|5.||the largest or main part of anything: the body of a vehicle; the body of a plant|
|6.||a separate or distinct mass of water or land|
|7.||the main part; majority: the body of public opinion|
|8.||the central part of a written work: the body of a thesis as opposed to the footnotes|
|9.||a number of individuals regarded as a single entity; group: the student body; they marched in a body|
|10.||maths a three-dimensional region with an interior|
|11.||physics an object or substance that has three dimensions, a mass, and is distinguishable from surrounding objects|
|12.||fullness in the appearance of the hair|
|13.||the characteristic full quality of certain wines, determined by the density and the content of alcohol or tannin: a Burgundy has a heavy body|
|14.||substance or firmness, esp of cloth|
|15.||the sound box of a guitar, violin, or similar stringed instrument|
|16.||a woman's close-fitting one-piece garment for the torso|
|17.||the part of a dress covering the body from the shoulders to the waist|
|18.||another name for shank|
|19.||a. the pigment contained in or added to paint, dye, etc|
|b. the opacity of a paint in covering a surface|
|c. the apparent viscosity of a paint|
|20.||in watercolour painting|
|a. a white filler mixed with pigments to make them opaque|
|b. See also gouache (as modifier): body colour|
|21.||printing the measurement from top to bottom of a piece of type, usually ascender to descender|
|22.||an informal or dialect word for a person|
|23.||keep body and soul together to manage to keep alive; survive|
|24.||(modifier) of or relating to the main reading matter of a book as distinct from headings, illustrations, appendices, etc: the body text|
|—vb , bodies, bodies, bodying, bodied|
|Related: corporeal, physical|
|[Old English bodig; related to Old Norse buthkr box, Old High German botah body]|
body bod·y (bŏd'ē)
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.