Bod"y (&?;), n.; pl. Bodies (&?;). [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. √257. Cf. Bodice.]
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.
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.
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.
A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as, anybody, nobody.
A dry, shrewd kind of a 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.
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.
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." Huxley.
By collision of two bodies, grind
The air attrite to fire.
Amount; quantity; extent.
That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished from the parts covering the limbs.
The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is placed; as, a wagon body; a cart body.
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.
A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness; any solid figure.
Consistency; thickness; substance; strength; as, this color has body; wine of a good body.
⇒ 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 cælum; -- 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 (Zoöl.), 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".
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 resurrectionist. --
Body snatching (Law), the unauthorized removal of a dead body from the grave; usually for the purpose of dissection.
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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.
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Bod"y, n. (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.
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