(noun, verb)


1. the entire physical structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)

- he felt as if his whole body were on fire

Definition categories: body

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

Definition categories: group

3. a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person

- they found the body in the lake

Definition categories: body

4. an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects

- heavenly body

Definition categories: object

5. the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

Similar word(s): torso, trunk

Definition categories: body

6. a collection of particulars considered as a system

- a body of law

- a body of doctrine

- a body of precedents

Definition categories: group, scheme, system

7. the property of holding together and retaining its shape

- wool has more body than rayon

Similar word(s): consistence, consistency, substance

Definition categories: attribute, property

8. the central message of a communication

- the body of the message was short

Definition categories: communication, content, message, substance

9. the main mass of a thing

Definition categories: attribute, mass

10. a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)

Similar word(s): soundbox

Definition categories: man–made, resonator

11. the external structure of a vehicle

- the body of the car was badly rusted

Definition categories: man–made, construction, structure

Sentences with body as a noun:

- The body is driven by desires, but the soul is at peace.

- Her body was found at four o'clock, just two hours after the murder.

- What's a body gotta do to get a drink around here?

- The boxer took a blow to the body.

- The bumpers and front tyres were ruined, but the body of the car was in remarkable shape.

- Penny was in the scullery, pressing the body of her new dress.

- In many programming languages, the method body is enclosed in braces.

- I was escorted from the building by a body of armed security guards.

- The local train operating company is the managing body for this section of track.

- We have now amassed a body of evidence which points to one conclusion.

- We have given body to what was just a vague idea.

- The red wine, sadly, lacked body.

- The English Channel is a body of water lying between Great Britain and France.

- a nonpareil face on an agate body


1. invest with or as with a body; give body to

Similar word(s): personify

Definition categories: stative, be, embody, personify