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body

Definitions

  • "The stag stayed by his mate's body."
    "The stag stayed by his mate's body."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v body invest with or as with a body; give body to
    • n body the external structure of a vehicle "the body of the car was badly rusted"
    • n body a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)
    • n body 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"
    • n body the main mass of a thing
    • n body the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being) "he felt as if his whole body were on fire"
    • n body a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person "they found the body in the lake"
    • n body the body excluding the head and neck and limbs "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
    • n body the central message of a communication "the body of the message was short"
    • n body 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"
    • n body a collection of particulars considered as a system "a body of law","a body of doctrine","a body of precedents"
    • n body an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects "heavenly body"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

DISCOVERED BODY AT POMPEII DISCOVERED BODY AT POMPEII
"LIFTED THE BODY AS THOUGH IT HAD BEEN RED-HOT." "LIFTED THE BODY AS THOUGH IT HAD BEEN RED-HOT."
"REMOVING THE BODY OF THE BULL." "REMOVING THE BODY OF THE BULL."
THE BODY OF THE WHITE CAT GREW LARGE AND WAS TRANSFORMED THE BODY OF THE WHITE CAT GREW LARGE AND WAS TRANSFORMED
Siegfried's body is rowed across the water Siegfried's body is rowed across the water
"School Gives Me Pain All Over the Body" "School Gives Me Pain All Over the Body"
The Body of Charles VI. Lying in State——84 The Body of Charles VI. Lying in State——84
Keep your body steady Keep your body steady

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why the Mexican sombrero hat is so wide is to provide shade for the entire body
    • Body (Geom) A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure.
    • Body 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."
    • Body 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.
    • Body A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as, anybody, nobody . "A dry, shrewd kind of a body ."
    • Body Amount; quantity; extent.
    • Body Any mass or portion of matter; any substance distinct from others; as, a metallic body; a moving body; an aëriform body . "A body of cold air.""By collision of two bodies, grind
      The air attrite to fire."
    • Body Consistency; thickness; substance; strength; as, this color has body; wine of a good body .
    • Body That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished from the parts covering the limbs.
    • Body The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is placed; as, a wagon body; a cart body .
    • 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.
    • Body 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.""For of the soul the body form doth take.
      For soul is form, and doth the body make."
    • Body 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."
    • 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 .
    • Body 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?"
      "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."
    • v. t Body To furnish with, or as with, a body; to produce in definite shape; to embody.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Police detectives have used snapping turtles to help them locate dead bodies
    • n body The physical structure of an animal; the material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, in distinction from the soul, spirit, or vital principle.
    • n body The main portion of an animal, tree, etc.; the trunk, as distinct from the head and limbs or branches; in ichthyology, often used for the whole fish exclusive of the fins.
    • n body The part of a dress which covers the body, as distinct from the parts which cover the arms or extremities; in female dress, a bodice; a waist.
    • n body The main, central, or principal part of anything, as of an army, country, building, etc., as distinguished from subordinate or less important parts.
    • n body Specifically— In a blast-furnace, the core or main portion between the top, or opening at the throat, and the boshes.
    • n body In music: The whole of the hollow part of a string-instrument, designed to increase its resonance.
    • n body All that part of a wind-instrument that remains after removing its appendages, mouthpiece, crooks, and bell.
    • n body The higher resonant part of an organ-pipe, above the reed or the mouth, which causes the air to vibrate.
    • n body The shank of a type, as determining its size: as, minion on nonpareil body.
    • n body The main part of a tool; the main part of a blade, as of a sword, as distinguished from the heel and point, etc.
    • n body That part of a wagon, railroad-car, etc., which contains the load.
    • n body The main portion; the bulk of anything; the larger part; the majority: as, the body of the people are opposed to the measure.
    • n body The person; an individual as recognized by law: as, body execution; held in body and goods.
    • n body A person; a human being: now generally combined with any, every, some, or no: as, somebody, nobody.
    • n body A number of individuals spoken of collectively, usually associated for a common purpose, joined in a certain cause, or united by some common tie or occupation; an incorporated or other aggregate: as, a legislative body; the body of the clergy; a body corporate.
    • n body A material thing; anything having inertia. See matter.
    • n body In geometry, any solid having the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness.
    • n body A united mass; a number of things or particulars taken together; a general collection; a code; a system: as, a body of laws.
    • n body A certain consistency or density; substance; strength, as opposed to thinness, weakness, transparency, or flimsiness: as, wine, paper, etc., of good body. As applied to paints, body denotes opacity or density, as opposed to transparency.
    • n body In music, the resonance of a tone, whether instrumental or vocal.
    • n body The space inclosed within the interior works of a fortification.
    • body To provide with a body; embody.
    • body To form into a body or company.
    • body To represent in bodily form; exhibit in tangible form or outward reality: with forth.
    • n body All the strapping of a harness back of the collar; specifically, that part of the breeching and other straps which bears against the horse.
    • n body In ceramics, the substance or base of pottery and porcelain. See frit body, kaolinic body.
    • n body An ore body, or pocket of mineral deposit.
    • n body The thickness of a lubricating oil or other liquid: also the measure of that thickness expressed in the number of seconds in which a given quantity of the oil at a given temperature flows through a given aperture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many insects can carry 50 times their own body weight
    • n Body bod′i 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 Body to give form to: to embody:—pr.p. bod′ying; pa.p. bod′ied
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Quotations

  • George Santayana
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    “The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.”
  • Marie Carmichael Stopes
    Marie Carmichael Stopes
    “An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safeguard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
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    “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch.”

Idioms

Body politic - A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic.
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Heavenly bodies - The heavenly bodies are the stars.
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Keep body and soul together - If you earn enough to cover your basic expenses, but nothing more than that, you earn enough to keep body and soul together.
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Know where all the bodies are buried - Someone who by virtue of holding a position of trust with an organization for a long period of time has come to know many of the secrets that others in more powerful positions would rather be kept secret knows where the bodies are buried. An implication is that the person knowing these secrets will use that knowledge to secure something of value for him- or herself.
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Over my dead body - If you say that something will happen over your dead body, you will not let it happen.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bodi, AS. bodig,; akin to OHG. botah,. √257. Cf. Bodice

Usage

In literature:

The dance was undoubtedly among the causes of Greek vigor of mind and body.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
A large body when heated takes a longer time to cool than does a small body raised to the same temperature.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The body of a boy was picked up by some of us there, and there were eleven bodies recovered altogether.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Well, this scrap of carcass shines away merrily, although not quite as brilliantly as on the living body.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Every line of his face, every movement of his nervous body showed it.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Treatment is similar to that for fracture of the clavicle by sling and body bandage.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
So the body is our house, and our individuality permeates every part of it.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
When the body is yielded a sacrifice, all belonging to the body is yielded also.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
There are twitchings of the muscles of the face and body or a twisting motion of the body.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The drugs were spreading like tiny flames through his body, but his body was far away.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She was gazing upon his nude body.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
This body is very small, not more than about twenty miles across.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
QUILL BODIES: Quill makes an excellent and very lifelike body, especially on dry flies.
"How to Tie Flies" by E. C. Gregg
Milk should always be warmed to the temperature of the body before feeding.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The bodies were not covered with skin, but with green bony plates.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
They say the liner is empty, that no human body, alive or dead, is in the ship.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
What is said of the difference, in general, between organic and inorganic bodies?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Do they cover their bodies with a strange kind of skin that comes from no animal?
"The Return of Tharn" by Howard Carleton Browne
She walked into Soho place as in a dream, every pulse in her body thrilling with unwonted adventure.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
So wet bodies on the surface of water attract wet bodies.
"On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth" by William Gilbert of Colchester
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In poetry:

Sweep, sea, over his form
Gently down uncharted lanes;
Wrap his lovely body warm
In polyp-silken skeins.
"Irish Fisher Dirge" by Benjamin Musser
I know how fire burns
Unguessed, save for tears,
When the thousand-fanged flame spears
The body's guard;
"But Most Thy Light" by John Freeman
And when all bodies meet,
In Lethe to be drown'd,
Then only numbers sweet
With endless life are crown'd.
"To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Verses" by Robert Herrick
And to my lips'
Bright crimson rim
The passion slips,
And down my slim
White body drips
The shining hymn.
"Mystery" by D H Lawrence
'Tell the dear old body
This day I cannot run,
For the pots are boiling over
And the mutton isn't done.'"
"Tell The Dear Old Body" by Louisa May Alcott
Placing burning coals
To burn my body hurts less than
The sorrow of
The capital and island shore
Parting.
"Placing burning coals" by Ono no Komachi

In news:

While a cure certainly remains years away, he said scientists can now "envision a cure from two different perspectives," either by eradicating the virus from a person's body or coaxing the body to control the virus on its own.
Because the Dart 's "three-box" four-door sedan body replaces the Giulietta's four-door hatchback body, it's a full foot longer overall.
Police said a body was found at another location in Newtown, and there were reports a body was discovered in a New Jersey home.
Compact bodies and wings are efficient for underwater movement but divers are awkward on land because of short legs located at the back of their bodies.
If Christians are "the body of Christ, " this quiz is like telling someone you want to cut their body in half and don't expect them to be offended by the idea.
An autopsy carried out on the body of drug cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano before his body was stolen shows he died of six gunshot wounds, including two to the head.
A body has been discovered in Bokeelia after the ex-husband of a missing teacher confessed and told Lee County Sheriff's Office investigators where to find her body.
Hopkins County authorities are investigating the discovery of a body inside a burning car.WBKO-TV in Bowling Green reported firefighters called Saturday night to extinguish a car burning in a cornfield near Morton's Gap discovered the body.
Later it became, "Is our soul a separate entity from our body that tells our body what to do".
Typically, limnologists focus on one particular body of water at a time, however, the introduction of landscape limology has allowed researchers to study the relationships between different bodies of fresh water .
Healthy Body = Functional Body.
However, chiropractic can help your body restore its own balance and thus have a greater chance in handling stresses to the body.
A model displays body art during the 13th Ukrainian Open Championship for hairdressing, nail design, makeup, and body art in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2009.
Western Star Teams Up With J&J Truck Bodies to Build Extreme-Duty TruckNew Configuration Features a 6900 XD Paired with a Heavy-Duty Dump Body.
'Bodies' the perils of bad body image.
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In science:

Obviously, a rewrite rule can now fail for two reasons, either because of an infeasible match (cf. [rule− .1]), or due to a failing subcomputation in a where-clause (cf. [rule− .2], [body− .1], and [body− .2]).
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Because of the need for waveform templates, a great amount of effort has been spent on a fully relativistic treatment of the two-body problem. A solution to the two-body problem will yield detailed information of a binary’s orbital parameters, which will enable investigators to construct realistic waveform templates.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
If the BRW result is correct, we must then conclude that either the BGS conjecture is false for many-body systems, or that the two-body random-interaction model does not correctly capture this aspect of the physics of these systems.
Spectral statistics of the k-body random-interaction model
While this regular behavior has been usually related with specific forces, the investigation of the energy spectra with random interactions [2, 3] has shown that many body states are strongly correlated even in the presence of random two-body interactions.
A study of randomness, correlations and collectivity in the nuclear shell model
These results show that the many body states obtained with two-body random forces are strongly correlated.
A study of randomness, correlations and collectivity in the nuclear shell model
The presence of strong correlations between the different wave functions obtained with two-body random forces, suggests that the many-body states could be well approximated by a small number of configurations which may correspond to definite shapes, as was found for bosonic models.
A study of randomness, correlations and collectivity in the nuclear shell model
By performing reduction these final meanings are replacing the leading variables in body (Sk+1 ) resulting in [[body (Sk+1 )]].
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
Such a surface arises when the gravitational field of the collapsing body becomes so strong that outgoing light rays are pulled back toward the body.
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes
On the L2 -best approximation of a convex body by a moved convex body.
Intrinsic L_p metrics for convex bodies
Stability estimates for star bodies in terms of their intersection bodies.
Intrinsic L_p metrics for convex bodies
We calculate explicitly the second and fourth moments for n points when the given body is Bn q (and all of the moments for the case q = 2), and derive from these the asymptotic behavior of the expected volume of a random simplex in those bodies.
Volumes of symmetric random polytopes
Throughout this study, we use the term “planetesimals” for bodies belonging to the power-law part of the spectrum (x . xc ), and “massive” or “runaway” bodies to denote the constituents of the tail (x ≫ xc ).
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
Most massive runaway bodies interact with all planetesimals in the shear-dominated regime, which leads to highly anisotropic velocity distributions of these bodies: σe ∝ m−1/6 while σi ∝ m−1/2 .
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
A = jA˜k + Aint where A˜k is the action of each subsystem with ˜k bodies and Aint is the sum of the interactions between each pair of bodies in different subsystems.
Action minimizing orbits in the n-body problem with simple choreography constraint
The first r functions fi (xi ) collect the one-body contributions to the Gibbs factor, like one-body measure terms, or magnetic fields, or chemical potentials.
General duality for abelian-group-valued statistical-mechanics models
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