1. [ noun ] the entire physical structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being)
Synonyms: physical_structure organic_structure

"he felt as if his whole body were on fire"

Related terms: natural_object human_body life_form live_body head arm leg torso neck respiratory_system nervous_system muscular_structure circulatory_system digestive_system sensory_system endocrine_system cavity articulatory_system lymphatic_system pressure_point body_substance crotch vascular_system musculoskeletal_system homo animal
2. [ noun ] body of a dead animal or person
Synonyms: dead_body

"they found the body in the lake"

Related terms: natural_object cadaver carcase mummy carrion
3. [ 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"

Related terms: gathering college administration school jury university membership leadership colony sector public staff corps Christendom opposition occupation inspectorate electoral_college panel panel constituency vote ulama representation enrollment militia diaspora immigration church Sacred_College
4. [ noun ] (zoology) the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
Synonyms: torso trunk

"they moved their arms and legs and bodies"

Related terms: body_part shoulder back thorax side abdomen hip buttocks waist middle belly serratus diaphragm haunch loins buttock spare-tire love_handle shoulder
5. [ noun ] an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects

"heavenly body"

Related terms: natural_object particle mass inclusion_body chromosome
6. [ noun ] a collection of particulars considered as a system

"a body of law" "a body of doctrine" "a body of precedents"

Related terms: system
7. [ noun ] (transportation) the external structure of a vehicle

"the body of the car was badly rusted"

Related terms: structure fuselage bodywork
8. [ noun ] the property of holding together and retaining its shape
Synonyms: consistency consistence

"when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"

Related terms: property viscosity softness solidity porosity hardness unbreakableness breakableness thickness thinness gaseousness thick thin
9. [ noun ] the central message of a communication

"the body of the message was short"

Related terms: message narration address
10. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 11915
11. [ verb ] invest with or as with a body; give body to
Synonyms: personify
Related terms: embody personification
Similar spelling:   Boddy