Hypertext Webster Gateway: "body"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Body \Bod"y\, n. (A["e]ronautics)
The central, longitudinal framework of a flying machine, to
which are attached the planes or a["e]rocurves, passenger
accommodations, controlling and propelling apparatus, fuel
tanks, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Body \Bod"y\, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to
OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.]
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.

Rivers that run up into the body of Italy.

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.

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 a["e]riform
body. ``A body of 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.

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

{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 c[ae]lum; -- in
mammals, divided by the diaphragm into thoracic and
abdominal cavities.

{Body of a church}, the nave.

{Body cloth}; pl.

{Body cloths}, a cloth or blanket for covering horses.

{Body clothes}. (pl.)

1. Clothing for the body; esp. underclothing.

2. Body cloths for horses. [Obs.] --Addison.

{Body coat}, a gentleman's dress coat.

{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} (Zo["o]l.), 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

{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.

{Body servant}, a valet.

{The bodies seven} (Alchemy), the metals corresponding to the
planets. [Obs.]

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.

{Body snatcher}, one who secretly removes without right or
authority a dead body from a grave, vault, etc.; a

{Body snatching} (Law), the unauthorized removal of a dead
body from the grave; usually for the purpose of

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Body \Bod"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bodied} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite
shape; to embody.

{To body forth}, to give from or shape to mentally.

Imagination bodies forth The forms of things
unknown. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 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
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}]

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