Other forms: bodies; bodied; bodying

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."

Definitions of body
  1. noun
    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
  2. noun
    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
  3. noun
    the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
    “he felt as if his whole body were on fire”
    synonyms: 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
    alternate name 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
  4. noun
    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
    “they moved their arms and legs and bodies
    synonyms: torso, trunk
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    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  5. noun
    a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person
    “they found the body in the lake”
    synonyms: 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
  6. noun
    a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)
    synonyms: soundbox
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    cavity resonator, resonating chamber, resonator
    a hollow chamber whose dimensions allow the resonant oscillation of electromagnetic or acoustic waves
  7. noun
    the external structure of a vehicle
    “the body of the car was badly rusted”
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    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
  8. verb
    invest with or as with a body; give body to
    synonyms: personify
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    be, embody, personify
    represent, as of a character on stage
  9. noun
    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
  10. noun
    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
  11. noun
    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 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
  12. noun
    the property of holding together and retaining its shape
    “wool has more body than rayon”
    synonyms: 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
    the trait of being 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




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