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  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see body,‎ of,‎ water.
  • n. Any significant accumulation of water, usually covering the Earth or another planet, such as a river, lake or a bay.

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

  • n. the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)


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  • It is strange that this beautiful body of water is called a 'pond.'

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • West of Pembina, about thirty miles, is a settlement called St. Joseph, situated N. of a large mythological body of water called Miniwakan, or Devil's Lake; and is one of the points where Col. Smith's expedition was intending to stop.

    Minnesota and Dacotah: in letters descriptive of a tour through the North-west, in the autumn of 1856. With information relative to public lands,

  • Menentillus was the first to prove the peninsular shape of the country and, in contradiction to Ptolemy, described the Indian Ocean as a body of water open to the South.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • By starlight, then, he went on walking—it seemed he must—along the slope of a great hill, and glanced sometimes to his right at the huge, inchoately flickering body of water that lay below, and unfolded itself to the western horizon.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Hundreds of Aiel walked the streets, and increasing numbers actually dwelled in the buildings; each day more of the dirt strips down the streets showed beans or squash or zemai, arduously watered from clay pots hauled from the huge new lake that filled the south end of the valley, the only such body of water in the entire land.

    The Fires of Heaven

  • Further south in the Rift Valley is Lake Tanganyika, a long narrow body of water forming the boundary between Tanzania and Zaire.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • His main base was the Bay of Ambracia; this vast, rambling, almost landlocked body of water had a mouth into the Adriatic less than one mile wide.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Between Sicily and the Italian mainland lies a body of water that is one of the worlds more dramatic and dangerous because of its fast current and treacherous riptides.

    The Spartacus War

  • It was on this occasion that he gave the name of Lake of the Blessed Sacrament to the body of water called by the Indians Horicon, now known as Lake George.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • He did use power to ease into the hollow, which he located by use of an echo-sounder; its impulses would not be detectable out of the body of water in which they were used.

    Natives of Space


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