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body

noun (PHYSICAL STRUCTURE)    /ˈbɒd.i/ US  /ˈbɑː.di/
A1 [C] the whole physical structure that forms a person or animal: A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you to keep your body healthy. She rubbed sun lotion over her entire body.The body B1 [C] the main part of a person's or animal's body, without the head, or without the head, arms, and legs: He had a fat body but rather thin legs and arms.The body A2 [C] a dead person: A body was washed up on the beach last week.Death and dying [C usually singular] old-fashioned a person: How is a body supposed to live in these conditions?People in general [C] the painted metal shell of a vehicle, such as a car or an aircraft → See also bodyworkThe exterior of vehiclesParts of aeroplanes [C] UK (US bodysuit) a piece of tight-fitting women's clothing that covers the top half of the body and fastens between the legsUnderwearJumpers, shirts and tee-shirts
(Definition of body noun (PHYSICAL STRUCTURE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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