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

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\Bod"y\, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]25
7. 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. --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. 1
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. --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 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. 1
1. (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. 1
2. (Geom.) A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure. 1
3. 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 color. {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 length. {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. --Chaucer. {Body snatcher}, one who secretly removes without right or authority a dead body from a grave, vault, etc.; a resurrectionist. {Body snatching} (Law), the unauthorized removal of a dead body from the grave; usually for the purpose of dissection.
\Bod"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bodied} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bodying}.] 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.
\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.

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