- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as, any body, no body ."A dry, shrewd kind of a body." [W. Irving.]
- 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.]
- 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.
- Any mass or portion of matter; any substance distinct from others; as, a metallic body; a moving body; an aëriform body ."A bodyof cold air." [Huxley.]"By collision of two bodies, grind The air attrite to fire." [Milton.]
- Amount; quantity; extent.
- That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished from the parts covering the limbs.
- The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is placed; as, a wagon body; a cart body .
- [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 .
- [Geom] A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure.
- Consistency; thickness; substance; strength; as, this color has body; wine of a good body .
- [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.
Note: ☞ Colors bear a body when they are capable of being ground so fine, and of being mixed so entirely with oil, as to seem only a very thick oil of the same color.
Etymology: OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. √257. Cf. Bodice