from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The entire material or physical structure of an organism, especially of a human or animal.
  • noun The physical aspect of a person as opposed to the spirit; the flesh.
  • noun A corpse or carcass.
  • noun The trunk or torso of a human or animal.
  • noun The part of a garment covering the torso.
  • noun A human; a person.
  • noun A group of individuals regarded as an entity; a corporation.
  • noun A number of persons, concepts, or things regarded as a group.
  • noun The main or central part, as.
  • noun Anatomy The largest or principal part of an organ; corpus.
  • noun The nave of a church.
  • noun The content of a book or document exclusive of prefatory matter, codicils, indexes, or appendices.
  • noun The passenger- and cargo-carrying part of an aircraft, ship, or other vehicle.
  • noun Music The sound box of an instrument.
  • noun A mass of matter that is distinct from other masses.
  • noun A collection or quantity, as of material or information.
  • noun Consistency of substance, as in paint, textiles, or wine.
  • noun Printing The part of a block of type underlying the impression surface.
  • transitive verb To furnish with a body.
  • transitive verb To give shape to. Usually used with forth:
  • transitive verb To play defense with one's body up against (that of another player) so as to restrict the player's mobility, as in basketball.
  • transitive verb To collide with and force (another player) in a certain direction.
  • idiom (take the body) To play in a rough physical way, dealing out many body checks, as in hockey.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To provide with a body; embody.
  • To form into a body or company.
  • To represent in bodily form; exhibit in tangible form or outward reality: with forth.
  • noun All the strapping of a harness back of the collar; specifically, that part of the breeching and other straps which bears against the horse.
  • noun In ceramics, the substance or base of pottery and porcelain. See frit body, kaolinic body.
  • noun An ore body, or pocket of mineral deposit.
  • noun The thickness of a lubricating oil or other liquid: also the measure of that thickness expressed in the number of seconds in which a given quantity of the oil at a given temperature flows through a given aperture.
  • noun The physical structure of an animal; the material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, in distinction from the soul, spirit, or vital principle.
  • noun The main portion of an animal, tree, etc.; the trunk, as distinct from the head and limbs or branches; in ichthyology, often used for the whole fish exclusive of the fins.
  • noun The part of a dress which covers the body, as distinct from the parts which cover the arms or extremities; in female dress, a bodice; a waist.
  • noun The main, central, or principal part of anything, as of an army, country, building, etc., as distinguished from subordinate or less important parts.
  • noun Specifically— In a blast-furnace, the core or main portion between the top, or opening at the throat, and the boshes.
  • noun In music: The whole of the hollow part of a string-instrument, designed to increase its resonance.
  • noun All that part of a wind-instrument that remains after removing its appendages, mouthpiece, crooks, and bell.
  • noun The higher resonant part of an organ-pipe, above the reed or the mouth, which causes the air to vibrate.
  • noun The shank of a type, as determining its size: as, minion on nonpareil body.
  • noun The main part of a tool; the main part of a blade, as of a sword, as distinguished from the heel and point, etc.
  • noun That part of a wagon, railroad-car, etc., which contains the load.
  • noun The main portion; the bulk of anything; the larger part; the majority: as, the body of the people are opposed to the measure.
  • noun The person; an individual as recognized by law: as, body execution; held in body and goods.
  • noun A person; a human being: now generally combined with any, every, some, or no: as, somebody, nobody.
  • noun A number of individuals spoken of collectively, usually associated for a common purpose, joined in a certain cause, or united by some common tie or occupation; an incorporated or other aggregate: as, a legislative body; the body of the clergy; a body corporate.
  • noun A material thing; anything having inertia. See matter.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English bodi, from Old English bodig.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English body, bodiȝ, from Old English bodiġ, bodeġ ("body, trunk, chest, torso, height, stature"), from Proto-Germanic *budagan, *budagaz (“body, trunk", also "grown”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, observe”). Cognate with German Bottech ("body, trunk, corpse"), Bavarian and Swabian Bottich ("body, trunk").


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