[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.]
1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether
living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital
principle; the physical person.
Absent in body, but present in spirit. --1 Cor. v. 3
For of the soul the body form doth take.
For soul is form, and doth the body make. --Spenser.
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.
Who set the body and the limbs
Of this great sport together? --Shak.
The van of the king's army was led by the general; .
. . in the body was the king and the prince.
Rivers that run up into the body of Italy.
3. The real, as opposed to the symbolical; the substance, as
opposed to the shadow.
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body
is of Christ. --Col. ii. 17.
4. A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as,
A dry, shrewd kind of a body. --W. Irving.
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.
A numerous body led unresistingly to the slaughter.
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.
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.
By collision of two bodies, grind
The air attrite to fire. --Milton.
8. Amount; quantity; extent.
9. That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished
from the parts covering the limbs.
10. The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is
placed; as, a wagon body; a cart body.
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.
12. (Geom.) A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness;
any solid figure.
13. Consistency; thickness; substance; strength; as, this
color has body; wine of a good body.
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
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
[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
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
Body politic, the collective body of a nation or state as
politically organized, or as exercising political
functions; also, a corporation. --Wharton.
As to the persons who compose the body politic or
associate themselves, they take collectively the
name of "people", or "nation". --Bouvier.
Body servant, a valet.
The bodies seven (Alchemy), the metals corresponding to the
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.
Body snatcher, one who secretly removes without right or
authority a dead body from a grave, vault, etc.; a
Body snatching (Law), the unauthorized removal of a dead
body from the grave; usually for the purpose of
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Body \Bod"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bodied (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite
shape; to embody.
To body forth, to give from or shape to mentally.
Imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown. --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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
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,
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,
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.