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Body - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Body' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Body [ n.]
- The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the physical person.
- 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.
- The real, as opposed to the symbolical; the substance, as opposed to the shadow.
- A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as, anybody, nobody.
- 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; as, a legislative body; a clerical body.
- A number of things or particulars embodied in a system; a general collection; as, a great body of facts; a body of laws or of divinity.
- Any mass or portion of matter; any substance distinct from others; as, a metallic body; a moving body; an aeriform body.
- Amount; quantity; extent.
- That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished from the parts covering the limbs.
- The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is placed; as, a wagon body; a cart body.
- The shank of a type, or the depth of the shank (by which the size is indicated); as, a nonpareil face on an agate body.
- A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure.
- Consistency; thickness; substance; strength; as, this color has body; wine of a good body.
2 . Body [ v. t.]
- To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite shape; to embody.

Meaning of 'Body' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . body [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a collection of particulars considered as a system
Example in sentence:
  • a body of doctrine;
  • a body of law;
  • a body of precedents
Meaning (2):
- a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
Example in sentence:
  • administrative body;
  • the student body;
  • the whole body filed out of the auditorium
Meaning (3):
- the entire physical structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
Example in sentence:
  • he felt as if his whole body were on fire
Meaning (4):
- an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects
Example in sentence:
  • heavenly body
Meaning (5):
- the external structure of a vehicle
Example in sentence:
  • the body of the car was badly rusted
Meaning (6):
- the central message of a communication
Example in sentence:
  • the body of the message was short
Meaning (7):
- a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person
Example in sentence:
  • they found the body in the lake
Meaning (8):
- the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
Example in sentence:
  • they moved their arms and legs and bodies
Meaning (9):
- the property of holding together and retaining its shape
Example in sentence:
  • when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake;
  • wool has more body than rayon