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(1)   The external structure of a vehicle
"The body of the car was badly rusted"
(2)   The property of holding together and retaining its shape
"When the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"
(3)   The entire structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being)
"He felt as if his whole body were on fire"
(4)   A natural object consisting of a dead animal or person
"They found the body in the lake"
(5)   The body excluding the head and neck and limbs
"They moved their arms and legs and bodies"
(6)   The central message of a communication
"The body of the message was short"
(7)   A group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
"The whole body filed out of the auditorium"
(8)   A collection of particulars considered as a system
"A body of law"
"A body of doctrine"
"A body of precedents"
(9)   An individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects
"Heavenly body"


(10)   Invest with or as with a body; give body to


  1. The physical structure of a human or animal seen as one single organism.
    I saw them walking from a distance, their bodies strangely angular in the dawn light.
  2. The fleshly or corporeal nature of a human, as opposed to the spirit or soul.
    The body is driven by desires, but the soul is at peace.
  3. A corpse.
    Her body was found at four o'clock, just two hours after the murder.
  4. The torso, the main structure of a human or animal frame excluding the extremities (limbs, head, tail).
    The boxer took a blow to the body.
  5. The largest or most important part of anything, as distinct from its appendages or accessories.
    The bumpers and front tyres were ruined, but the body of the car was in remarkable shape.
  6. The section of a dress extending from the neck to the waist, excluding the arms.
    Penny was in the scullery, pressing the body of her new dress.
  7. A person.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 463:
      Indeed, if it belonged to a poor body, it would be another thing; but so great a lady, to be sure, can never want it [...]
  8. An organisation, company or other authoritative group.
    The local train operating company is the managing body for this section of track.
  9. A group of men or people having a common purpose or opinion; a mass.
    I was escorted from the building by a body of armed security guards.
  10. A unified collection of details, knowledge or information.
    We have now amassed a body of evidence which points to one conclusion.
  11. Any physical object or material thing.
    All bodies are held together by internal forces.
  12. Substance; physical presence.
    We have given body to what was just a vague idea.
  13. Comparative viscosity, solidity or substance (in wine, colours etc.).
    The rioja, sadly, lacked body.
  14. The code of a subroutine, contrasted to its signature and parameters.W