Your body is everything that makes up your physical self, including your skin, bones, muscles, and organs. Your whole body might hurt after a day spent learning to snowboard.

All animals have a body, and you can also describe some inanimate objects as having a body. For example, a car's body is its main section, mostly made of metal and plastic. A written work's body is the major part of a text, generally not including things like introductions or epilogues. In science, a body is simply any separate object that has mass. The Old English root, bodig, means "man or animal's trunk or chest."

Primary Meanings of body

an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects
invest with or as with a body; give body to
a collection of particulars considered as a system
the property of holding together and retaining its shape
Full Definitions of body

n an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects

“heavenly body
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a threadlike strand of DNA in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order
cellular inclusion, inclusion, inclusion body
any small intracellular body found within another (characteristic of certain diseases)
a body of matter without definite shape
particle, subatomic particle
a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions
(virology) a complete viral particle; nucleic acid and capsid (and a lipid envelope in some viruses)
sex chromosome
(genetics) a chromosome that determines the sex of an individual
autosome, somatic chromosome
any chromosome that is not a sex chromosome; appear in pairs in body cells but as single chromosomes in spermatozoa
acentric chromosome
a chromosome lacking a centromere
acrocentric chromosome
a chromosome with the centromere near one end so that one chromosomal arm is short and one is long
metacentric chromosome
a chromosome having two equal arms because the centromere is in median position
telocentric chromosome
a chromosome like a straight rod with the centromere in terminal position
alpha particle
a positively charged particle that is the nucleus of the helium atom; emitted from natural or radioactive isotopes
beta particle
a high-speed electron or positron emitted in the decay of a radioactive isotope
any particle that obeys Bose-Einstein statistics but not the Pauli exclusion principle; all nuclei with an even mass number are bosons
coprolith, faecalith, fecalith, stercolith
a hard mass of fecal matter
the nucleus of deuterium; consists of one proton and one neutron; used as a bombarding particle in accelerators
a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents
elementary particle, fundamental particle
(physics) a particle that is less complex than an atom; regarded as constituents of all matter
any particle that obeys Fermi-Dirac statistics and is subject to the Pauli exclusion principle
a particle that is electrically charged (positive or negative); an atom or molecule or group that has lost or gained one or more electrons
magnetic monopole
a hypothetical particle with a single magnetic pole instead of the usual two
a mass that is densely tangled or interwoven
an electrically charged particle built up from polymeric molecules or ions and occurring in certain colloidal electrolytic solutions like soaps and detergents
plasmid, plasmid DNA
a small cellular inclusion consisting of a ring of DNA that is not in a chromosome but is capable of autonomous replication
(microbiology) an infectious protein particle similar to a virus but lacking nucleic acid; thought to be the agent responsible for scrapie and other degenerative diseases of the nervous system
(microbiology) a hypothetical infectious particle thought to be the cause of scrapie and other degenerative diseases of the central nervous system; consists of nucleic acid in a protective coat of host cell proteins
mush, pulp
any soft or soggy mass
Russell's body, cancer body
an inclusion body found in plasma cells in cases of cancer
a sparkling glittering particle
a hypothetical particle that is the elementary particle in a theory of space-time
an electrically charged particle (electron or ion) emitted by a substance at a high temperature
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natural object
an object occurring naturally; not made by man

n the main mass of a thing

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the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field

n the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)

“he felt as if his whole body were on fire”
organic structure, physical structure
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life form
the characteristic bodily form of a mature organism
anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma
alternative names for the body of a human being
live body
the body of a living animal or person
a human body (usually including the clothing)
the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole
juvenile body
the body of a young person
adult body
the body of an adult human being
male body
the body of a male human being
female body
the body of a female human being
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natural object
an object occurring naturally; not made by man

n the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

“they moved their arms and legs and bodies
torso, trunk
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body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

n a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person

“they found the body in the lake”
dead body
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carcase, carcass
the dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food
the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food
the dead body of an animal that has been killed on a road by a vehicle
cadaver, clay, corpse, remains, stiff
the dead body of a human being
a body embalmed and dried and wrapped for burial (as in ancient Egypt)
the remains of a dead body after cremation
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natural object
an object occurring naturally; not made by man

n a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)

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cavity resonator, resonating chamber, resonator
a hollow chamber whose dimensions allow the resonant oscillation of electromagnetic or acoustic waves

n the external structure of a vehicle

“the body of the car was badly rusted”
the exterior body of a motor vehicle
the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo)
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construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

v invest with or as with a body; give body to

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be, embody, personify
represent, as of a character on stage

n a collection of particulars considered as a system

“a body of law”
“a body of doctrine”
“a body of precedents”
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scheme, system
a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole

n the central message of a communication

“the body of the message was short”
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content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

“the whole body filed out of the auditorium”
“the student body
“administrative body
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a former Dutch colony in South America; now a part of Guyana
Rock of Gibraltar
location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Plymouth Colony
colony formed by the Pilgrims when they arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620; it was absorbed into the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691
New Amsterdam
a settlement established by the Dutch near the mouth of Hudson River and the southern end of Manhattan Island; annexed by the English in 1664 and renamed New York
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a body of people sharing some common interest
Christendom, Christianity
the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia)
the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church
College of Cardinals, Sacred College
(Roman Catholic Church) the body of cardinals who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
a body of people associated together
the body of voters who elect a representative for their area
electoral college
the body of electors who formally elect the United States president and vice president
a body of creative artists or writers or thinkers linked by a similar style or by similar teachers
the body of faculty and students of a college
the body of faculty and students at a university
faculty, staff
the body of teachers and administrators at a school
a body of legislators that serve in behalf of some constituency
colony, settlement
a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government
ulama, ulema
the body of Mullahs (Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law) who are the interpreters of Islam's sciences and doctrines and laws and the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community
leaders, leadership
the body of people who lead a group
the entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service
membership, rank
the body of members of an organization or group
occupational group, vocation
a body of people doing the same kind of work
a body of people united in opposing something
the body of immigrants arriving during a specified interval
a body of inspectors
a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
a group of people gathered for a special purpose as to plan or discuss an issue or judge a contest etc
panel, venire
(law) a group of people summoned for jury service (from whom a jury will be chosen)
enrollment, registration
the body of people (such as students) who register or enroll at the same time
a body of voters who have the same interests
the body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine or modern Israel
the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church
(Roman Catholic Church) the central administration governing the Roman Catholic Church
the body of people in a learned occupation
top brass
the most important persons in a governing body
persons who administer the law
bench, judiciary
persons who administer justice
Ashcan School, Eight
a group of United States painters founded in 1907 and noted for their realistic depictions of sordid aspects of city life
a school of architecture based on the philosophical theory of deconstruction
historical school
a school of 19th century German economists and legal philosophers who tried to explain modern economic systems in evolutionary or historical terms
a school of painters who used a technique of painting with tiny dots of pure colors that would blend in the viewer's eye; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers late in 19th century France
the members of a university as distinguished from the other residents of the town in which the university is located
a British abbreviation of `university'; usually refers to Oxford University or Cambridge University
county council
the elected governing body of a county
corps diplomatique, diplomatic corps, diplomatic service
the body of diplomatic personnel
government officials, officialdom
people elected or appointed to administer a government
frontier settlement, outpost
a settlement on the frontier of civilization
a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America)
proprietary colony
a colony given to a proprietor to govern (in 17th century)
those in charge of running a business
press corps
a group of journalists representing different publications who all cover the same topics
INC, Iraqi National Congress
a heterogeneous collection of groups united in their opposition to Saddam Hussein's government of Iraq; formed in 1992 it is comprised of Sunni and Shiite Arabs and Kurds who hope to build a new government
high command, supreme headquarters
the highest leaders in an organization (e.g. the commander-in-chief and senior officers of the military)
grand jury
a jury to inquire into accusations of crime and to evaluate the grounds for indictments
hung jury
a jury that is unable to agree on a verdict (the result is a mistrial)
petit jury, petty jury
a jury of 12 to determine the facts and decide the issue in civil or criminal proceedings
blue ribbon jury, special jury
a jury whose members are selected for special knowledge for a case involving complicated issues
art nouveau
a French school of art and architecture popular in the 1890s; characterized by stylized natural forms and sinuous outlines of such objects as leaves and vines and flowers
lake poets
English poets at the beginning of the 19th century who lived in the Lake District and were inspired by it
secession, sezession
an Austrian school of art and architecture parallel to the French art nouveau in the 1890s
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social group
people sharing some social relation

n the property of holding together and retaining its shape

“wool has more body than rayon”
consistence, consistency, eubstance
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having the consistency of a gas
viscosity, viscousness
resistance of a liquid to shear forces (and hence to flow)
resistance to flow
a consistency of low viscosity
the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale
the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded
the consistency of something that breaks under pressure
a consistency of something that does not break under pressure
porosity, porousness
the property of being porous; being able to absorb fluids
solidity, solidness
the consistency of a solid
bubbliness, effervescence, frothiness
the property of giving off bubbles
the property of being foamy
the property of sticking to a surface
a property resembling or being covered with slime
cohesiveness, glueyness, gluiness, gumminess, ropiness, tackiness, viscidity, viscidness
the property of being cohesive and sticky
gelatinousness, glutinosity, glutinousness
the property of having a viscosity like jelly
a property midway between a solid and a liquid
creaminess, soupiness
the property of having the thickness of heavy cream
fluidity, fluidness, liquidity, liquidness, runniness
the property of flowing easily
the property of resembling the viscosity of water
the property of being unyielding to the touch
compressibility, sponginess, squeezability
the property of being able to occupy less space
the property of being incompressible
downiness, featheriness, fluffiness
a light softness
flabbiness, flaccidity, limpness
a flabby softness
mushiness, pulpiness
a mushy pulpy softness
brittleness, crispiness, crispness
firm but easily broken
crumbliness, friability
excessive breakableness
the porosity of a sponge
permeability, permeableness
the property of something that can be pervaded by a liquid (as by osmosis or diffusion)
the consistency of a compact solid
impermeability, impermeableness
the property of something that cannot be pervaded by a liquid
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a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class