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NOUN (11)

1. the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being);
- Example: "he felt as if his whole body were on fire"
[syn: body, organic structure, physical structure]

2. a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity;
- Example: "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"
- Example: "the student body"
- Example: "administrative body"

3. a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person;
- Example: "they found the body in the lake"
[syn: body, dead body]

4. an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects;
- Example: "heavenly body"

5. the body excluding the head and neck and limbs;
- Example: "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
[syn: torso, trunk, body]

6. a collection of particulars considered as a system;
- Example: "a body of law"
- Example: "a body of doctrine"
- Example: "a body of precedents"

7. the property of holding together and retaining its shape;
- Example: "wool has more body than rayon"
- Example: "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"
[syn: consistency, consistence, eubstance, body]

8. the central message of a communication;
- Example: "the body of the message was short"

9. the main mass of a thing;

10. a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin);
[syn: soundbox, body]

11. the external structure of a vehicle;
- Example: "the body of the car was badly rusted"


VERB (1)

1. invest with or as with a body; give body to;
[syn: body, personify]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Body \Bod"y\, n.; pl. Bodies. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. Bodice.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the physical person. [1913 Webster] Absent in body, but present in spirit. --1 Cor. v. 3 [1913 Webster] For of the soul the body form doth take. For soul is form, and doth the body make. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Who set the body and the limbs Of this great sport together? --Shak. [1913 Webster] The van of the king's army was led by the general; . . . in the body was the king and the prince. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] Rivers that run up into the body of Italy. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. The real, as opposed to the symbolical; the substance, as opposed to the shadow. [1913 Webster] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. --Col. ii. 17. [1913 Webster] 4. A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as, anybody, nobody. [1913 Webster] A dry, shrewd kind of a body. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] 5. 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. [1913 Webster] A numerous body led unresistingly to the slaughter. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. [1913 Webster] 7. Any mass or portion of matter; any substance distinct from others; as, a metallic body; a moving body; an a["e]riform body. "A body of cold air." --Huxley. [1913 Webster] By collision of two bodies, grind The air attrite to fire. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 8. Amount; quantity; extent. [1913 Webster] 9. That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished from the parts covering the limbs. [1913 Webster] 10. The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is placed; as, a wagon body; a cart body. [1913 Webster] 11. (Print.) 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. [1913 Webster] 12. (Geom.) A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure. [1913 Webster] 13. Consistency; thickness; substance; strength; as, this color has body; wine of a good body. [1913 Webster] Note: Colors bear a body when they are capable of being ground so fine, and of being mixed so entirely with oil, as to seem only a very thick oil of the same color. [1913 Webster] 14. (A["e]ronautics) The central, longitudinal framework of a flying machine, to which are attached the planes or a["e]rocurves, passenger accommodations, controlling and propelling apparatus, fuel tanks, etc. Also called fuselage. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] After body (Naut.), the part of a ship abaft the dead flat. Body cavity (Anat.), the space between the walls of the body and the inclosed viscera; the c[ae]lum; -- in mammals, divided by the diaphragm into thoracic and abdominal cavities. Body of a church, the nave. Body cloth; pl. Body cloths, a cloth or blanket for covering horses. Body clothes. (pl.) 1. Clothing for the body; esp. underclothing. 2. Body cloths for horses. [Obs.] --Addison. Body coat, a gentleman's dress coat. Body color (Paint.), a pigment that has consistency, thickness, or body, in distinction from a tint or wash. Body of a law (Law), the main and operative part. Body louse (Zool.), a species of louse (Pediculus vestimenti), which sometimes infests the human body and clothes. See Grayback. Body plan (Shipbuilding), an end elevation, showing the conbour of the sides of a ship at certain points of her length. Body politic, the collective body of a nation or state as politically organized, or as exercising political functions; also, a corporation. --Wharton. [1913 Webster] As to the persons who compose the body politic or associate themselves, they take collectively the name of "people", or "nation". --Bouvier. [1913 Webster] Body servant, a valet. The bodies seven (Alchemy), the metals corresponding to the planets. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Sol gold is, and Luna silver we threpe (=call), Mars yren (=iron), Mercurie quicksilver we clepe, Saturnus lead, and Jupiter is tin, and Venus coper. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Body snatcher, one who secretly removes without right or authority a dead body from a grave, vault, etc.; a resurrectionist. Body snatching (Law), the unauthorized removal of a dead body from the grave; usually for the purpose of dissection. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Body \Bod"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bodied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Bodying.] To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite shape; to embody. [1913 Webster] To body forth, to give from or shape to mentally. [1913 Webster] Imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

body n 1: the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being); "he felt as if his whole body were on fire" [syn: body, organic structure, physical structure] 2: 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" 3: a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person; "they found the body in the lake" [syn: body, dead body] 4: an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects; "heavenly body" 5: the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies" [syn: torso, trunk, body] 6: a collection of particulars considered as a system; "a body of law"; "a body of doctrine"; "a body of precedents" 7: the property of holding together and retaining its shape; "wool has more body than rayon"; "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake" [syn: consistency, consistence, eubstance, body] 8: the central message of a communication; "the body of the message was short" 9: the main mass of a thing 10: a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin) [syn: soundbox, body] 11: the external structure of a vehicle; "the body of the car was badly rusted" v 1: invest with or as with a body; give body to [syn: body, personify]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

424 Moby Thesaurus words for "body": Adamite, Bund, Festschrift, Rochdale cooperative, affiliation, age group, aggregate, alliance, amount, amplitude, an existence, ana, anatomy, anthology, aquarium, area, array, ascender, ashes, ashram, assemblage, assembly, association, axis, back, band, basis, bastard type, batch, battalion, beard, being, belly, best part, better part, bevel, bevy, bigness, black letter, bloc, block, bodily size, body-build, bones, branch, breadth, brigade, budget, build, bulk, bunch, bundle, burden, cabal, cadaver, cake, caliber, cap, capital, carcass, carrion, case, cast, caste, cat, chap, character, chrestomathy, church, clan, class, clay, clique, clod, clump, cluster, coalition, coarseness, cohort, collectanea, collection, college, colony, combination, combine, committee, common market, commonwealth, commune, communion, community, company, compilation, complement, concrete, concreteness, concretion, confederacy, confederation, conglomerate, conglomeration, congress, consistency, consumer cooperative, contingent, cooperative, cooperative society, core, corporealize, corporify, corps, corpse, corpulence, corpus, corpus delicti, coterie, council, counter, coverage, covey, creature, credit union, crew, critter, crowbait, crowd, crux, customer, customs union, data, dead body, dead man, dead person, decedent, denomination, density, depth, descender, detachment, detail, diameter, dimension, dimensions, distance through, division, dry bones, duck, durability, dust, earth, earthling, economic class, economic community, em, embalmed corpse, embody, en, endogamous group, entelechy, entity, essence, essentials, expanse, expansion, extended family, extension, extent, face, faction, family, fat-faced type, fatness, federation, feet, fellow, fellowship, figure, firmness, fleet, flesh, florilegium, font, food for worms, form, frame, fraternity, free trade area, fullness, fund, fundamental, fuselage, gang, gauge, generality, gens, girth, gist, gravamen, greatness, groove, groundling, group, grouping, groupment, guy, hand, head, heart, height, holdings, homo, hulk, hull, human, human being, in-group, incarnate, incorporate, individual, italic, joker, junta, kinship group, knot, largeness, late lamented, league, length, letter, library, life, ligature, living soul, logotype, lot, lower case, lump, machine, magnitude, main body, major part, majority, majuscule, man, mass, masses, material body, materiality, materialize, measure, measurement, meat, menagerie, minuscule, mob, moiety, monad, mortal, mortal remains, most, movement, mummification, mummy, museum, nick, node, nose, nuclear family, number, object, offshoot, one, order, organic remains, organism, organization, out-group, outfit, pack, palpability, parcel, partnership, party, peer group, person, persona, personage, personality, personify, persuasion, phalanx, phratria, phratry, phyle, physical body, physique, pi, pica, pith, platoon, plurality, point, political machine, ponderability, posse, print, proportion, proportions, purport, quantity, quantum, radius, range, raw data, reach, reembody, regiment, reincarnate, relics, religious order, reliquiae, remains, richness, ring, roman, salon, sans serif, scale, schism, school, scope, script, sect, sectarism, segment, sense, set, settlement, shank, shape, shoulder, single, size, skeleton, small cap, small capital, social class, society, solid, solid body, solidity, soma, somebody, someone, something, soul, soundness, spread, squad, stability, stable, stamp, staple, steadiness, stem, stiff, stock, stoutness, strength, string, sturdiness, subcaste, substance, substantiality, substantialize, substantialness, substantiate, substantify, sum, tangibility, team, tellurian, tenement of clay, terran, the dead, the deceased, the defunct, the departed, the loved one, the third dimension, thickness, thing, thrust, torso, total, totem, toughness, transmigrate, treasure, tribe, troop, troupe, trunk, type, type body, type class, type lice, typecase, typeface, typefounders, typefoundry, union, unit, upper case, upshot, variety, version, viscosity, volume, whole, width, wing, worldling, zoo
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

BODY. A person. 2. In practice, when the sheriff returns cepi corpus to a capias, the plaintiff may obtain a rule, before special bail has been entered, to bring in the body and this must be done either by committing the defendant or entering special bail. See Dead Body.