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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bod"y
  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, any body, no body ."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 ."A bodyof cold air." [Huxley.]"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.

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

verb Bod"y
To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite shape; to embody.
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  1. The external structure of a vehicle ("the body of the car was badly rusted")
  2. A resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)
  3. The property of holding together and retaining its shape ("wool has more body than rayon")
  4. The main mass of a thing
  5. The entire physical structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being) ("he felt as if his whole body were on fire")
  6. A natural object consisting of a dead animal or person ("they found the body in the lake")
  7. The body excluding the head and neck and limbs
  8. The central message of a communication ("the body of the message was short")
  9. 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", and "administrative body")
  10. A collection of particulars considered as a system ("a body of law", "a body of doctrine", and "a body of precedents")
  11. An individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects ("heavenly body")
  12. Invest with or as with a body; give body to

From Middle English body, bodiȝ, from Old English bodiġ, bodeġ (“body, trunk, chest, torso, height, stature”), from Proto-Germanic *budagą, *budagaz (“body, trunk", also "grown”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, observe”). Cognate with German Bottich (“body, trunk”), Bavarian Bottich (“body, trunk”) and Swabian Bottich (“body, trunk”).

  1. Physical frame.
    1. The physical structure of a human or animal seen as one single organism. [from 9th c.]
      I saw them walking from a distance, their strangely angular in the dawn light.
    2. The fleshly or corporeal nature of a human, as opposed to the spirit or soul. [from 13th c.]
      The is driven by desires, but the soul is at peace.
    3. A corpse. [from 13th c.]
      Her was found at four o'clock, just two hours after the murder.
    4. (archaic or informal except in compounds) A person. [from 13th c.]
      What's a gotta do to get a drink around here?
  2. Main section.
    1. The torso, the main structure of a human or animal frame excluding the extremities (limbs, head, tail). [from 9th c.]
      The boxer took a blow to the .
    2. The largest or most important part of anything, as distinct from its appendages or accessories. [from 11th c.]
      The bumpers and front tyres were ruined, but the of the car was in remarkable shape.
    3. (archaic) The section of a dress extending from the neck to the waist, excluding the arms. [from 16th c.]
      Penny was in the scullery, pressing the of her new dress.
    4. The content of a letter, message, or other printed or electronic document, as distinct from signatures, salutations, headers, and so on. [from 17th c.]
    5. A bodysuit. [from 19th c.]
    6. (programming) The code of a subroutine, contrasted to its signature and parameters. [from 20th c.]
      In many programming languages, the method is enclosed in braces.
  3. Coherent group.
    1. A group of people having a common purpose or opinion; a mass. [from 16th c.]
      I was escorted from the building by a of armed security guards.
    2. An organisation, company or other authoritative group. [from 17th c.]
      The local train operating company is the managing for this section of track.
    3. A unified collection of details, knowledge or information. [from 17th c.]
      We have now amassed a of evidence which points to one conclusion.
  4. Material entity.
    1. Any physical object or material thing. [from 14th c.]
      All are held together by internal forces.
    2. (uncountable) Substance; physical presence. [from 17th c.]
      We have given to what was just a vague idea.
    3. (uncountable) Comparative viscosity, solidity or substance (in wine, colours etc.). [from 17th c.]
      The red wine, sadly, lacked .
    4. An agglomeration of some substance, especially one that would be otherwise uncountable.
      The English Channel is a of water lying between Great Britain and France.
  5. (printing) The shank of a type, or the depth of the shank (by which the size is indicated).
    a nonpareil face on an agate
  6. (geometry) A three-dimensional object, such as a cube or cone.

body was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Scots, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Body

Body Doubles is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Body

Sir Richard Body is a member of parliament. He was most active from 1966 to 2001. Richard was born on May 18th, 1927 in Eton, Berkshire.


Jack Body is a composer, photographer, teacher, and ethnomusicology. Jack was given the name John Stanley Body on October 7th, 1944 in Te Aroha, New Zealand.


He was most prominent from 1971 to 1985. Gábor was born on August 30th, 1946 in Budapest. He passed away on October 24th, 1985.


Patrick Body is a football player. He was most active from 2005 to present. Patrick was born on January 17th, 1982 in Pittsburgh.


Ralph C. Body was a Judge of the United States District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania and United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ralph was born on February 18th, 1903 in Yellow House, Pennsylvania. He left this life on June 2nd, 1973.


János was born on July 10th, 1932 in Budapest.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Body U.S.
  White 36.28% 64.26%
  African American 57.11% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.89% 16.26%

Of Last Name Body

People with the last name Body are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Body

  • How Popular is the name Body? As a last name Body was the 15,099th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Body first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Body is Wednesday, February 9th, 1887.
  • How unique is the name Body? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Body. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Body: Your name in reverse order is Ydob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Odby. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Body? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,954 people with the last name Body.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Body? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Body as their last name since less than 1 person in 152k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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