What does body mean?

Definitions for body
ˈbɒd ibody

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word body.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. body, organic structure, physical structurenoun

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

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

  2. bodynoun

    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"

  3. body, dead bodynoun

    a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person

    "they found the body in the lake"

  4. bodynoun

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

    "heavenly body"

  5. torso, trunk, bodynoun

    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

    "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"

  6. bodynoun

    a collection of particulars considered as a system

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

  7. consistency, consistence, eubstance, bodynoun

    the property of holding together and retaining its shape

    "wool has more body than rayon"; "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"

  8. bodynoun

    the central message of a communication

    "the body of the message was short"

  9. bodynoun

    the main mass of a thing

  10. soundbox, bodynoun

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

  11. bodyverb

    the external structure of a vehicle

    "the body of the car was badly rusted"

  12. body, personifyverb

    invest with or as with a body; give body to


  1. bodynoun

    Physical frame.

  2. bodynoun

    Main section.

  3. bodynoun

    Coherent group.

  4. bodynoun

    Material entity.

  5. bodyverb

    To give body or shape to something.

  6. bodyverb

    To construct the bodywork of a car.

  7. bodyverb

    To embody.

  8. Etymology: From body, bodiȝ, from bodig, bodeg, from budagan, from bheudh-. Cognate with Bottech, and Bottich.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BODYnoun

    Etymology: bodig, Saxon; it originally signified the height or stature of a man.

    All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, from the wall. 1 Sam. xxxi. 12.

    Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Matt. vi. 25.

    By custom, practice, and patience, all difficulties and hardships, whether of body or of fortune, are made easy to us. Roger L'Estrange.

    Surely, a wise body’s part it were not, to put out his fire, because his foolish neighbour, from whom he borrowed wherewith to kindle it, might say, were it not for me, thou wouldst freeze. Richard Hooker, b. iv. § 9.

    A deflowred maid!
    And by an eminent body, that enforc’d
    The law against it! William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    ’Tis a passing shame,
    That I, unworthy body as I am,
    Should censure thus one lovely gentleman. William Shakespeare, Two G. of Ver.

    No body seeth me; what need I to fear? the Most High will not remember my sins. Ecclus, xxiii. 18.

    All civility and reason obliged every body to submit. Edward Hyde.

    Good may be drawn out of evil, and a body’s life may be saved, without having any obligation to his preserver. Roger L'Estrange.

    A shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Coloss.

    There is in the knowledge both of God and man this certainty, that life and death have divided between them the whole body of mankind. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 49.

    There were so many disaffected persons of the nobility, that there might a body start up for the king. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    When these pigmies pretend to form themselves into a body, it is time for us, who are men of figure, to look about us. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 108.

    The van of the king’s army was led by the general and Wilmot; in the body was the king and the prince; and the rear consisted of one thousand foot, commanded under colonel Thelwell. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    I shall now mention a particular, wherein your whole body will be certainly against me, and the laity, almost to a man, on my side. Jonathan Swift.

    Nothing was more common, than to hear that reverend body charged with what is inconsistent, despised for their poverty, and hated for their riches. Jonathan Swift.

    I verily, as absent in body, have judged. 1 Cor. v. 3.

    Thence sent rich merchandizes by boat to Babylon, from whence, by the body of Euphrates, as far as it bended westward, and, afterward, by a branch thereof. Walter Raleigh, History.

    This city has navigable rivers, that run up into the body of Italy, by which they might supply many countries with fish. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Even a metalline body, and therefore much more a vegetable or animal, may, by fire, be turned into water. Boyle.

  2. To Bodyverb

    To produce in some form.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    As imagination bodies forth
    The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
    Turns them to shape. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream.


  1. Body

    Body on Me" is a song by British singer Rita Ora, featuring guest vocals by American recording artist Chris Brown. The song was released on 7 August 2015.


  1. body

    Body refers to the physical structure and overall appearance of a living organism, typically characterized by a distinct shape, size, and composition of organs, tissues, and cells. In the context of humans, the body includes the head, neck, torso, limbs, and various internal systems such as the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems. It encompasses both the external features and internal functioning that enable an organism to carry out essential processes and functions for survival and well-being.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bodynoun

    the material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the physical person

  2. Bodynoun

    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

  3. Bodynoun

    the real, as opposed to the symbolical; the substance, as opposed to the shadow

  4. Bodynoun

    a person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as, anybody, nobody

  5. Bodynoun

    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

  6. Bodynoun

    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. Bodynoun

    any mass or portion of matter; any substance distinct from others; as, a metallic body; a moving body; an aeriform body

  8. Bodynoun

    amount; quantity; extent

  9. Bodynoun

    that part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished from the parts covering the limbs

  10. Bodynoun

    the bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is placed; as, a wagon body; a cart body

  11. Bodynoun

    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. Bodynoun

    a figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure

  13. Bodynoun

    consistency; thickness; substance; strength; as, this color has body; wine of a good body

  14. Bodyverb

    to furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite shape; to embody


  1. Body

    With regard to living things, a body is the physical body 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Body

    bod′i, n. the whole frame of a man or lower animal: the main part of an animal, as distinguished from the limbs: the main or middle part of anything: matter, as opposed to spirit: substance or substantial quality: a mass: a person: a number of persons united by some common tie.—v.t. to give form to: to embody:—pr.p. bod′ying; pa.p. bod′ied.—adj. Bod′iless, without a body: incorporeal.—adv. Bod′ily, relating to the body, esp. as opposed to the mind.—ns. Bod′y-col′our, a term applied to paints to express their degree of consistence, substance, and tingeing power; Bod′y-cur′er (Shak.), a doctor; Bod′yguard, a guard to protect the person, esp. of the sovereign; Bod′y-pol′itic, the collective body of the people in its political capacity; Bod′y serv′ant, a personal attendant; Bod′y-snatch′er, one who secretly disinters the bodies of the dead for the purposes of dissection. [A.S. bodig, of dubious origin.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. body

    The principal corps of an army, or the main strength of a fleet.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. body

    In the nomenclature of modern ordnance, is the part of the piece in rear of the trunnions.

  2. body

    In the art of war, is a number of forces, horse or foot, united and marching under one commander. Main body of an army, sometimes means the troops encamped in the centre between the two wings, and generally consists of infantry. The main body on a march, signifies the whole of the army exclusive of the van- and rear-guards.

Editors Contribution

  1. bodynoun

    The spiritual best offer manifested back in order through the Earth, from the soul. 1.) The physical structure of a person or animal, including the bones, flesh, and organs.

    Before the crucification of Yeshua; God also made him a perfect body to be resurrected.

    Etymology: Soul

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on January 24, 2024  

  2. body

    The structure and systems of an organism or organization.

    The insects body was so beautiful when you looked at it in detail.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 31, 2019  

  3. body

    The structures and systems of an animal, human being or plant.

    The body of an animal, human being or plant are amazing to see.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 6, 2020  

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  1. body

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  2. body

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  3. BODY

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  1. Body

    the trunk: usually applied to the thorax only; rarely to the abdomen alone; sometimes to thorax and abdomen combined.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BODY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Body is ranked #15099 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Body surname appeared 1,954 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Body.

    57.1% or 1,116 total occurrences were Black.
    36.2% or 709 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 70 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 37 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'body' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #321

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'body' in Written Corpus Frequency: #760

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'body' in Nouns Frequency: #71

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of body in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of body in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of body in a Sentence

  1. Jin Park:

    Biological tissue can be adapted into our body and can minimize the size and power consumption.

  2. Matthew Haverly:

    It's sad to say that that's someone's either daughter, mother or whatever, i think it was some kind of a hit, and something happened. Something went bad, and this is like a rural area, so they just wanted to plant the body somewhere else besides wherever the hell they were from.

  3. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    . . . for until that God who rules all the region of the sky. . . has freed you from the fetters of your body, you cannot gain admission here. Men were created with the understanding that they were to look after that sphere called Earth, which you see in the middle of the temple. Minds have been given to them out of the eternal fires you call fixed stars and planets, those spherical solids which, quickened with divine minds, journey through their circuits and orbits with amazing speed....

  4. Andrew Landry:

    I just got tired to be honest with you, it was just really hot out there. My golf swing started feeling a little bit shaky, body was not really turning, was just kind of arming it and not really hitting solid shots.

  5. Nina Taylor:

    They believe that will motivate them to work out or diet, however, what that can lead to is body dissatisfaction -- social comparison and a lot of concerns about body and weight. Those are all risk factors for eating disorder development.

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