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English noun: body

1. body (body) the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)

SamplesHe felt as if his whole body were on fire.

Synonymsorganic structure, physical structure

Broader (hypernym)natural object

Narrower (hyponym)anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, life form, live body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma

Part holonymarm, articulatory system, bodily cavity, body, body substance, caput, cardiovascular system, cavity, cavum, cervix, circulatory system, crotch, digestive system, endocrine system, fork, gastrointestinal system, head, leg, lymphatic system, musculoskeletal system, neck, nervous system, pressure point, respiratory system, sensory system, systema alimentarium, systema digestorium, systema lymphaticum, systema nervosum, systema respiratorium, torso, trunk, vascular system

Domain categoryanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna, homo, human, human being, man

2. body (group) a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

SamplesThe whole body filed out of the auditorium.
The student body.
Administrative body.

Broader (hypernym)social group

Narrower (hyponym)administration, brass, Christendom, Christianity, church, college, College of Cardinals, colony, constituency, corps, diaspora, electoral college, enrollment, establishment, faculty, governance, governing body, immigration, inspectorate, jury, leaders, leadership, membership, militia, occupational group, opposition, organisation, organization, panel, panel, public, rank, registration, representation, Sacred College, school, settlement, staff, ulama, ulema, university, venire, vocation, vote

3. body (body) a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person

SamplesThey found the body in the lake.

Synonymsdead body

Broader (hypernym)natural object

Narrower (hyponym)cadaver, carcase, carcass, carrion, clay, corpse, mummy, remains, roadkill, stiff

4. body (object) an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects

SamplesHeavenly body.

Broader (hypernym)natural object

Narrower (hyponym)cellular inclusion, chromosome, inclusion, inclusion body, mass, particle, subatomic particle

5. body (body) the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

SamplesThey moved their arms and legs and bodies.

Synonymstorso, trunk

Broader (hypernym)body part

Part holonymabdomen, arse, articulatio humeri, ass, back, backside, behind, belly, belly, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttock, buttocks, can, cheek, chest, derriere, diaphragm, dorsum, fanny, fundament, haunch, hind end, hindquarters, hip, keister, loins, love handle, middle, midriff, midriff, midsection, nates, paunch, pectus, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, serratus, serratus muscles, shoulder, shoulder, shoulder joint, side, spare tire, stern, stomach, tail, tail end, thorax, tooshie, tush, venter, waist, waistline

Part meronymbody, organic structure, physical structure

6. body (group) a collection of particulars considered as a system

SamplesA body of law.
A body of doctrine.
A body of precedents.

Broader (hypernym)scheme, system

7. body (attribute) the property of holding together and retaining its shape

SamplesWool has more body than rayon.
When the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake.

Synonymsconsistence, consistency, eubstance

Broader (hypernym)property

Narrower (hyponym)breakableness, gaseousness, hardness, porosity, porousness, softness, solidity, solidness, thickness, thinness, unbreakableness, viscosity, viscousness

Attributethick, thin

8. body (communication) the central message of a communication

SamplesThe body of the message was short.

Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance

Part meronymaddress, narration, recital, speech, yarn

9. body (attribute) the main mass of a thing

Broader (hypernym)mass

10. body (artifact) a resonating chamber in a musical instrument (as the body of a violin)


Broader (hypernym)cavity resonator, resonating chamber, resonator

11. body (artifact) the external structure of a vehicle

SamplesThe body of the car was badly rusted.

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)bodywork, fuselage

English verb: body

1. body (stative) invest with or as with a body; give body to


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be, embody, personify

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