the physical structure of a person or animal:
the human body
My fingers were numb and my whole body ached.
Your body temperature is higher in the daytime than at night.
For their body size, these birds lay very small eggs.
He needs to overcome a negative body image (=what you think about your own body).
the dead body of a person:
A dog found the body of a girl in the woods.
a group of people who work together to do a particular job or who are together for a particular purpose:
The British Medical Association is the doctors' professional body.
There were reports of a large body of armed men near the border.
Kaplan served on the governing body of the museum (=the group who control the museum).
The student body (=all the students in a school or college) numbers 5000.
The research will be used by government departments and other public bodies (=groups whose work is connected to the government).
in a body (=as a group, together)
The women moved towards the building in a body.
a large amount or mass of something, especially something that has been collected
body of knowledge/evidence/opinion etc
There is now a considerable body of knowledge of the different stages of childhood.
There is a growing body of evidence that charges are too high.
the main, central, or most important part of something:
The arguments are explained in the body of the text.
Leave three blank lines between the date and the body of the letter.
a large area of water such as a lake:
The city was built near a large body of water.
the central part of a person or animal's body, not including the head, arms, legs or wings:
Nick had bruises on his face and body.
The bird has a small body and long wings.
the main structure of a vehicle not including the engine, wheels etc:
Workers at the factory are making steel bodies for cars.
an object that is separate from other objects:
Keep the caps on the bottles to prevent foreign bodies entering them (=objects that should not be there).
➔ heavenly bodyat heavenly (3)
if your hair has body, it is thick and healthy:
This shampoo will give more body to your hair.
if food or an alcoholic drink has body, it has a strong flavour (=taste):
A small amount of tomato paste will give extra colour and body to the sauce.
used to describe how much taste an alcoholic drink has, with a full bodied drink having the strongest taste:
a full bodied wine
having a long, thick etc body: ➔ able-bodied
a slim bodied orange-gold fish
to continue to exist with only just enough food, money etc:
He's working at the shop to keep body and soul together
She threw herself body and soul into her work.
the whole of a person:
They think they own the employees, body and soul.
the wide part of a musical instrument such as a violin or guitar, or of a sports racket (=bat):
The guitar is 16 inches wide across the body.
a type of tight fitting shirt worn by women that fastens between their legs