A body of land or water.
- The torso, the main structure of a human or animal frame excluding the extremities (limbs, head, tail). [from 9th c.].The boxer took a blow to the body.
- The largest or most important part of anything, as distinct from its appendages or accessories. [from 11th c.].The bumpers and front tyres were ruined, but the body of the car was in remarkable shape.
- (archaic) The section of a dress extending from the neck to the waist, excluding the arms. [from 16th c.].Penny was in the scullery, pressing the body of her new dress.
- The content of a letter, message, or other printed or electronic document, as distinct from signatures, salutations, headers, and so on. [from 17th c.].
- A bodysuit. [from 19th c.].
- In many programming languages, the method body is enclosed in braces.
- I was escorted from the building by a body of armed security guards.
- The local train operating company is the managing body for this section of track.
- We have now amassed a body of evidence which points to one conclusion.
We walked out in a body.
- The largest or principal part of an organ; corpus.
- The nave of a church.
- The content of a book or document exclusive of prefatory matter, codicils, indexes, or appendices.
- The passenger- and cargo-carrying part of an aircraft, ship, or other vehicle.
- The sound box of an instrument.
A body of water; a celestial body.
- The part of an automobile, truck, etc. that holds the load or passengers; the part of a vehicle that is not the chassis.
- The hull of a ship.
- The fuselage of an aircraft.
- The main part of a piece of writing as distinguished from headings and introductory or supplementary matter.
- The sound box of a stringed instrument.
The sun, moon, planets, stars, etc. are celestial bodies.
- All bodies are held together by internal forces.
- (uncountable) Substance; physical presence. [from 17th c.].We have given body to what was just a vague idea.
- The red wine, sadly, lacked body.
- An agglomeration of some substance, especially one that would be otherwise uncountable.The English Channel is a body of water lying between Great Britain and France.
An example of a body is the human frame.
An example of a body is the outside of a car.
The body of evidence.
A sauce with body.
A body of soldiers, an advisory body.
- I saw them walking from a distance, their bodies strangely angular in the dawn light.
- The body is driven by desires, but the soul is at peace.
- A corpse. [from 13th c.].Her body was found at four o'clock, just two hours after the murder.
- (archaic or informal except in compounds) A person. [from 13th c.].What's a body gotta do to get a drink around here?.
- To play in a rough physical way, dealing out many body checks, as in hockey.
- To give shape or form to.
- To symbolize or represent.
- To stay alive.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of body
- Middle English bodi from Old English bodig
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English body, bodiȝ, from Old English bodiġ, bodeġ (“body, trunk, chest, torso, height, stature”), from Proto-Germanic *budagą, *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”).