body ( bodies plural )
1 n-count Your body is all your physical parts, including your head, arms, and legs.
The largest organ in the body is the liver.
2 n-count You can also refer to the main part of your body, except for your arms, head, and legs, as your body.
Lying flat on the floor, twist your body on to one hip and cross your upper leg over your body.
3 n-count You can refer to a person's dead body as a body.
Officials said they had found no traces of violence on the body of the politician.
4 n-count A body is an organized group of people who deal with something officially.
usu with supp
...the Chairman of the policemen's representative body, the Police Federation., ...the main trade union body, COSATU, Congress of South African Trade Unions.
5 n-count A body of people is a group of people who are together or who are connected in some way.
N of n
...that large body of people which teaches other people how to teach.
6 n-sing The bodyof something such as a building or a document is the main part of it or the largest part of it.
the N of n
The main body of the church had been turned into a massive television studio...
7 n-count The body of a car or aeroplane is the main part of it, not including its engine, wheels, or wings.
usu with supp
The only shade was under the body of the plane.
8 n-count A body of water is a large area of water, such as a lake or a sea.
N of n
It is probably the most polluted body of water in the world.
9 n-count A body of information is a large amount of it.
N of n
An increasing body of evidence suggests that all of us have cancer cells in our bodies at times during our lives.
10 n-uncount If you say that an alcoholic drink has body, you mean that it has a full and strong flavour.
...a dry wine with good body.
foreign body →
in AM, use body armor
Body armour is special protective clothing which people such as soldiers and police officers sometimes wear when they are in danger of being attacked with guns or other weapons. n-uncount
body bag ( body bags plural ) A body bag is a specially designed large plastic bag which is used to carry a dead body away, for example when someone has been killed in a battle or an accident. n-count
...the prospect of young soldiers coming home in body bags.
body blow ( body blows plural ) , body-blow A body blow is something that causes great disappointment and difficulty to someone who is trying to achieve something. n-count
His resignation was a body blow to the team.
body clock ( body clocks plural ) Your body clock is the internal biological mechanism which causes your body to automatically behave in particular ways at particular times of the day. n-count usu sing
Jet lag is caused because the body clock does not readjust immediately to the time change.
body language , body-language
Your body language is the way in which you show your feelings or thoughts to other people by means of the position or movements of your body, rather than with words. n-uncount
in AM, use body odor
Body odour is an unpleasant smell caused by sweat on a person's body. n-uncount
Thebody politic is all the people of a nation when they are considered as a complete political group.
FORMAL n-sing usu the N
...the king was the head of the body politic.
body search ( body searches plural & 3rd person present) ( body searching present participle) ( body searched past tense ) , body-search If a person is body searched, someone such as a police officer searches them while they remain clothed. Compare strip-search. verb
Foreign journalists were body-searched by airport police. be V-ed, Also V n
Body search is also a noun., n-count
Fans may undergo body searches by security guards.
body stocking ( body stockings plural ) A body stocking is a piece of clothing that covers the whole of someone's body and fits tightly. Body stockings are often worn by dancers. n-count
foreign body ( foreign bodies plural ) A foreign body is an object that has come into something else, usually by accident, and should not be in it.
...a foreign body in the eye.
heavenly body ( heavenly bodies plural ) A heavenly body is a planet, star, moon, or other natural object in space. n-count
An out-of-body experience is one in which you feel as if you are outside your own body, watching it and what is going on around it. adj ADJ n