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

  • n. The entire material or physical structure of an organism, especially of a human or animal.
  • n. The physical part of a person.
  • n. A corpse or carcass.
  • n. The trunk or torso of a human or animal.
  • n. The part of a garment covering the torso.
  • n. A human; a person.
  • n. A group of individuals regarded as an entity; a corporation.
  • n. A number of persons, concepts, or things regarded as a group: We walked out in a body.
  • n. The main or central part, as:
  • n. Anatomy The largest or principal part of an organ; corpus.
  • n. The nave of a church.
  • n. The content of a book or document exclusive of prefatory matter, codicils, indexes, or appendixes.
  • n. The passenger- and cargo-carrying part of an aircraft, ship, or other vehicle.
  • n. Music The sound box of an instrument.
  • n. A mass of matter that is distinct from other masses: a body of water; a celestial body.
  • n. A collection or quantity, as of material or information: the body of evidence.
  • n. Consistency of substance, as in paint, textiles, or wine: a sauce with body.
  • n. Printing The part of a block of type underlying the impression surface.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a body.
  • transitive v. To give shape to. Usually used with forth: "Imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown” ( Shakespeare).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Physical frame.
  • n. Main section.
  • n. Coherent group.
  • n. Material entity.
  • v. To give body or shape to something.
  • v. To construct the bodywork of a car.
  • v. To embody.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the physical person.
  • n. The trunk, or main part, of a person or animal, as distinguished from the limbs and head; the main, central, or principal part, as of a tree, army, country, etc.
  • n. The real, as opposed to the symbolical; the substance, as opposed to the shadow.
  • n. A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition.
  • n. A number of individuals spoken of collectively, usually as united by some common tie, or as organized for some purpose; a collective whole or totality; a corporation.
  • n. A number of things or particulars embodied in a system; a general collection.
  • n. Any mass or portion of matter; any substance distinct from others.
  • n. Amount; quantity; extent.
  • n. That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished from the parts covering the limbs.
  • n. The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is placed.
  • n. The shank of a type, or the depth of the shank (by which the size is indicated).
  • n. A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure.
  • n. Consistency; thickness; substance; strength.
  • n. The central, longitudinal framework of a flying machine, to which are attached the planes or aërocurves, passenger accommodations, controlling and propelling apparatus, fuel tanks, etc. Also called fuselage.
  • transitive v. To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite shape; to embody.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The main, central, or principal part of anything, as of an army, country, building, etc., as distinguished from subordinate or less important parts.
  • n. Specifically— In a blast-furnace, the core or main portion between the top, or opening at the throat, and the boshes.
  • n. In music: The whole of the hollow part of a string-instrument, designed to increase its resonance.
  • n. All that part of a wind-instrument that remains after removing its appendages, mouthpiece, crooks, and bell.
  • n. The higher resonant part of an organ-pipe, above the reed or the mouth, which causes the air to vibrate.
  • n. The shank of a type, as determining its size: as, minion on nonpareil body.
  • n. The main part of a tool; the main part of a blade, as of a sword, as distinguished from the heel and point, etc.
  • n. That part of a wagon, railroad-car, etc., which contains the load.
  • n. The main portion; the bulk of anything; the larger part; the majority: as, the body of the people are opposed to the measure.
  • n. The person; an individual as recognized by law: as, body execution; held in body and goods.
  • n. A person; a human being: now generally combined with any, every, some, or no: as, somebody, nobody.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A material thing; anything having inertia. See matter.
  • n. In geometry, any solid having the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness.
  • n. A united mass; a number of things or particulars taken together; a general collection; a code; a system: as, a body of laws.
  • n. A certain consistency or density; substance; strength, as opposed to thinness, weakness, transparency, or flimsiness: as, wine, paper, etc., of good body. As applied to paints, body denotes opacity or density, as opposed to transparency.
  • n. In music, the resonance of a tone, whether instrumental or vocal.
  • n. The space inclosed within the interior works of a fortification.
  • 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.
  • n. All the strapping of a harness back of the collar; specifically, that part of the breeching and other straps which bears against the horse.
  • n. In ceramics, the substance or base of pottery and porcelain. See frit body, kaolinic body.
  • n. An ore body, or pocket of mineral deposit.
  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the external structure of a vehicle
  • n. the main mass of a thing
  • n. a collection of particulars considered as a system
  • n. the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
  • n. the central message of a communication
  • n. a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
  • n. the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
  • n. a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person
  • n. a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)
  • n. the property of holding together and retaining its shape
  • v. invest with or as with a body; give body to
  • n. an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects

Etymologies

Middle English bodi, from Old English bodig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I'm yet to discover a way to convert a top to a body outfit/part, which would address the above problem partially, despite a few token efforts at file renaming (the .bmps exported are preceded with top~ or body~) and hex editing (the .package file refers to the file names it expects to find for the .bmps).

    Galactic North

  • Through transubstantiation, the bread and wine consumed by worshipers become the body and blood of Jesus when a priest, acting on Jesus’ behalf, speaks the words “This is my body” and “This is my blood” over them.

    transubstantiation

  • Nonverbal communication includes gestures, facial expressions, and body positions (known collectively as “body language”), as well as unspoken understandings and presuppositions, and cultural and environmental conditions that may affect any encounter between people.

    nonverbal communication

  • Thus ash has two main uses in the body: (_a_) _it aids in building the body_; and (_b_) _it aids in regulating body processes_.

    School and Home Cooking

  • The real and practical alliance between the physical and the psychic -- between body and mind -- is better realized; as for instance: You may be seized with _an idea_, or a passion, and it disturbs your _health of body_; you may take indigestible food, or suffer injury or fatigue, and it disturbs your _health of mind_.

    Valere Aude Dare to Be Healthy, Or, The Light of Physical Regeneration

  • The visible bodily sheath has had its atoms scattered to the four elements; the etheric body [263] has become separated from the physical molecules whose vital support it formed; the body of passions and desires (_astral body_) has lived for a few years in what

    Reincarnation A Study in Human Evolution

  • What an absurdity were it, if in the body natural _all were an eye_, or _hand_! for _where_ then _were the hearing, smelling_, &c.; _or if all were one member, where were the body_?

    The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

  • These texts suggest more than a mere attachment to the body: they imply _functional activity in the body_.

    The Last Reformation

  • The second cause of absurd assertions I ascribe to the giving of names of ‘bodies’ to ‘accidents, ’ or of ‘accidents’ to ‘bodies, ’ as they do that say ‘faith is infused’ or ‘inspired, ’ when nothing can be ‘poured’ or ‘breathed’ into anything but body; and that ‘extension’ is ‘body, ’ that ‘phantasms’ are ‘spirits, ’ etc.

    Chapter V. Of Reason and Science

  • Hymn and prayer and reading all confidently assumed that Fifi was dead only to this mortal eye, but in another world, open to all those gathered about the grave for their seeking, she lived in some marvelously changed form -- her body being made _like unto his own glorious body_ ....

    Queed

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