- body [bäd′ē]n.pl. bodies [ME bodi, bodig < OE bodig, trunk, chest, orig. sense “cask,” akin to MLowG boddike, tub for brewing, OHG botah; prob. < It bottega, shop < L apotheca: see APOTHECARY]1. the whole physical structure and substance of a human being, animal, or plant2.a) the trunk or torso of a human being or animalb) the part of a garment that covers the trunk3. a dead person; corpse4. the flesh or material substance, as opposed to the spirit5. Informal a human being; person6. a group of people or things regarded or functioning as a unit [a body of soldiers, an advisory body]7. the majority of a number of people or things8. the main or central part of anything; specif.,a) the part of an automobile, truck, etc. that holds the load or passengers; the part of a vehicle that is not the chassisb) the hull of a shipc) the fuselage of an aircraftd) the main part of a piece of writing as distinguished from headings and introductory or supplementary mattere) the sound box of a stringed instrument9. anything having real or material substance or form; any physical or perceptible object10. any of the natural objects seen in the visible heavens [the sun, moon, planets, stars, etc. are celestial bodies]11. a separate portion or mass of matter [a body of land or water]12. substance, density, or consistency, as of a liquid or fabric13. richness or fullness of tone or flavor14. Law a person or something legally regarded as a person15. Printing the shank of a piece of type: see TYPEvt.bodied, bodying1. to give a body or substance to; make substantial2. to make part of; embody——————body forth1. to give shape or form to2. to symbolize or represent——————keep body and soul togetherto stay aliveSYN.- BODY refers to the whole physical substance of a person or animal, whether dead or alive; CORPSE and the euphemistic REMAINS refer to a dead human body; CARCASS is used of the dead body of an animal or, contemptuously, of a human being; CADAVER refers primarily to a dead human body used for medical dissection
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.