a collection of particulars considered as a system
- "a body of precedents"
- "a body of doctrine"
- "a body of law"
the entire physical structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being) an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects
- "heavenly body"
- "he felt as if his whole body were on fire"
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
- "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"
the central message of a communication
- "the body of the message was short"