Definition of Body

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.
- Clarendon.
Rivers that run up into the body of Italy.
- Addison.
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, anybody, nobody.
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.
- Prescott.
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 aëriform body.
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.
14.(Aëronautics) The central, longitudinal framework of a flying machine, to which are attached the planes or aërocurves, passenger accommodations, controlling and propelling apparatus, fuel tanks, etc. Also called fuselage.
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 cælum; - in mammals, divided by the diaphragm into thoracic and abdominal cavities.
Body of a church
the nave.
Body cloth
a cloth or blanket for covering horses.
Body clothes
Clothing for the body; esp. underclothing.
Body cloths for horses.
Body coat
a gentleman's dress coat.
- Addison.
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.
As to the persons who compose the body politic or associate themselves, they take collectively the name of "people", or "nation".
- Bouvier.
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.
v. t.1.To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite shape; to embody.
[imp. & p. p. Bodied ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bodying.]
To body forth
to give from or shape to mentally.

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