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1 the entire physical structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being); "he felt as if his whole body were on fire" [syn: organic structure, physical structure]
2 body of a dead animal or person; "they found the body in the lake" [syn: dead body]
3 a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"
4 the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies" [syn: torso, trunk]
5 an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects; "heavenly body"
6 a collection of particulars considered as a system; "a body of law"; "a body of doctrine"; "a body of precedents"
7 the external structure of a vehicle; "the body of the car was badly rusted"
8 the property of holding together and retaining its shape; "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake" [syn: consistency, consistence]
9 the central message of a communication; "the body of the message was short" v : invest with or as with a body; give body to [syn: personify] [also: bodied]

User Contributed Dictionary



From bodiġ, of unknown origin.


  • (UK) /ˈbɒdi/, /"bQdi/
  • (US) /ˈbɑdi/, /"bAdi/
  • Hyphenation: bod·y


  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. An organisation, company or other authoritative group.
    The local train operating company is the managing body for this section of track.
  8. 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.
  9. A unified collection of details, knowledge or information.
    We have now amassed a body of evidence which points to one conclusion.
  10. Any physical object or material thing.
    All bodies are held together by internal forces.
  11. Substance; physical presence.
    We have given body to what was just a vague idea.
  12. Comparative viscosity, solidity or substance (in wine, colours etc.).
    The rioja, sadly, lacked body.
  13. The code of a subroutine, contrasted to its signature and parameters.W


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physical structure of a human or animal
fleshly or corporeal nature of a human
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 身體, 身体 (shēn tǐ)
  • Croatian: tijelo
  • Czech: tělo
  • Dutch: lichaam
  • German: Körper
  • Hungarian: test
  • Japanese: (, shintai)
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 軀體, 躯体 (qū tǐ)
  • Croatian: truplo, leš
  • Czech: tělo
  • Dutch: lijk
  • German: Leiche, Leichnam
  • Greek: πτώμα
  • Hebrew: ,
  • Hungarian: holttest
  • Japanese: (, shitai)
  • Korean: 주검 (jugeom), 송장 (songjang), 시신 (屍身, sisin) 시체 (屍體, siche)
  • Kurdish: له‌ش
  • Old English: līċ
  • Portuguese: corpo
  • Russian: труп
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: трупло (truplo)
    Roman: truplo , leš
  • Slovene: truplo
  • Spanish: cuerpo
  • Bulgarian: корпус
  • Catalan: cos
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 軀幹, 躯干 (qū gàn)
  • Croatian: trup, torzo
  • Czech: tělo
  • Dutch: corpus , lijf
  • French: corpus
  • German: Rumpf, Leib, Torso
  • Hebrew: , (proper),
  • Hungarian: törzs
  • Italian: corpo
  • Japanese: (, dōtai)
  • Korean: 몸통 (momtong)
  • Lithuanian: approxim. visuma
  • Portuguese: corpo
  • Russian: корпус, туловище
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: труп (trup)
    Roman: trup
  • Slovene: trup
  • Spanish: torso
  • Swedish: kropp
  • Telugu: మొండెము (moMDemu)
largest or most important part of anything (eg car bodywork)
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 主要部分, 主要部分 (zhǔ yào bù fèn)
  • Croatian: glavnina, središte, trup, karoserija
  • Czech: tělo
  • Dutch: hoofddeel, carrosserie
  • German: Karosse, Karosserie, Rumpf
  • Greek: αμάξωμα
  • Hebrew: (specifically for vehicle)
  • Hungarian: váz
  • Japanese: (, hontai)
  • Maltese: qafas
  • Serbian: glavnina, središte
section of a dress
  • Dutch: lijf
organisation, company or other authoritative group
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 法人, 法人 (fǎ rén)
  • Croatian: organ, tijelo
  • Dutch: orgaan, organisatie
  • German: Körper, Körperschaft
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: testület, szervezet
group having a common purpose or opinion
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 團體, 团体 (tuán tǐ)
  • Croatian: skup, mnoštvo, odred
  • Dutch: massa, menigte
  • German: Körperschaft
  • Hebrew:
  • Japanese: (, dantai)
  • Serbian: skup, mnoštvo, odred
collection of knowledge
  • Catalan: cos
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 正文, 正文 (zhèng wén)
  • Croatian: cjelina, korpus
  • Dutch: corpus, massa, verzameling
  • German: Korpus
  • Greek: σύνολο
  • Serbian: cjelina
  • Spanish: cuerpo
any physical object or material thing
  • Chinese tradtional/simplified: 物體, 物体 (wù tǐ)
  • Croatian: tijelo
  • Czech: těleso
  • Dutch: deel, deeltje, lichaam
  • Finnish: kappale
  • German: Körper
  • Hebrew: ,
  • Hungarian: test
  • Italian: corpo
  • Japanese: (, buttai)
  • Maltese: ġisem
  • Portuguese: corpo
  • Russian: тело
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: тело (telo)
    Roman: telo
  • Slovene: telo
  • Spanish: cuerpo
substance, material presence
  • Croatian: tijelo, supstancija
  • Dutch: lijf,
  • German: Körper
comparative viscosity, solidity or substance
  • Chinese tradtional/simplified: 有黏性, 有黏性 (yǒu nián xìng)
  • Croatian: tijelo
  • German: Körper
  • Greek: υφή
code of a subroutine
  • Czech: tělo
  • Hungarian: törzs




  1. A leotard.
  2. Body, substance.



  • Hyphenation: bo‧dy
  • /ˈbodi/
  • Homophones: bodi


  1. A onesie (children's garment).




Extensive Definition

With regard to living things, a body is the integral physical material of an individual. "Body" often is used in connection with appearance, health issues and death. The study of the workings of the body is physiology.

Human body

The human body mostly consists of a head, neck, torso, two arms and two legs.


In some contexts, a superficial element of a body, such as hair may be regarded as not a part of it, even while attached. The same is true of excretable substances, such as stool, both while residing in the body and afterwards. Plants composed of more than one cell are not normally regarded as possessing a body.


The body of a dead person is also called a corpse, for humans, or cadaver. The dead bodies of vertebrate animals and insects are sometimes called carcasses. The study of the structure of the body is called anatomy.


In the views emerging from the mind-body dichotomy, the body is considered in behavior and therefore considered as little valued and trivial. Many modern philosophers of mind maintain that the mind is not something separate from the body.

See also

See also: regarding corpses


commons body
body in Azerbaijani: بدن
body in Danish: Krop (biologi)
body in German: Körper (Biologie)
body in Spanish: Cuerpo (anatomía)
body in French: Corps (biologie)
body in Irish: Corp
body in Hebrew: גופה
body in Indonesian: Tubuh
body in Icelandic: Líkami
body in Japanese: 死体
body in Korean: 몸
body in Latin: Corpus
body in Dutch: Lichaam (biologie)
body in Norwegian: Legeme
body in Portuguese: Corpo (anatomia)
body in Albanian: Trupi
body in Simple English: Body
body in Slovenian: Telo
body in Finnish: Ruumis
body in Contenese: 屍
body in Chinese: 屍體

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