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 for Body of a law
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Body \Bod"y\, n.; pl. Bodies. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to
     OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. Bodice.]
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     1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether
        living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital
        principle; the physical person.
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              Absent in body, but present in spirit. --1 Cor. v. 3
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              For of the soul the body form doth take.
              For soul is form, and doth the body make. --Spenser.
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     2. The trunk, or main part, of a person or animal, as
        distinguished from the limbs and head; the main, central,
        or principal part, as of a tree, army, country, etc.
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              Who set the body and the limbs
              Of this great sport together?         --Shak.
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              The van of the king's army was led by the general; .
              . . in the body was the king and the prince.
                                                    --Clarendon.
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              Rivers that run up into the body of Italy.
                                                    --Addison.
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     3. The real, as opposed to the symbolical; the substance, as
        opposed to the shadow.
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              Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body
              is of Christ.                         --Col. ii. 17.
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     4. A person; a human being; -- frequently in composition; as,
        anybody, nobody.
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              A dry, shrewd kind of a body.         --W. Irving.
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     5. A number of individuals spoken of collectively, usually as
        united by some common tie, or as organized for some
        purpose; a collective whole or totality; a corporation;
        as, a legislative body; a clerical body.
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              A numerous body led unresistingly to the slaughter.
                                                    --Prescott.
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     6. A number of things or particulars embodied in a system; a
        general collection; as, a great body of facts; a body of
        laws or of divinity.
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     7. Any mass or portion of matter; any substance distinct from
        others; as, a metallic body; a moving body; an a["e]riform
        body. "A body of cold air." --Huxley.
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              By collision of two bodies, grind
              The air attrite to fire.              --Milton.
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     8. Amount; quantity; extent.
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     9. That part of a garment covering the body, as distinguished
        from the parts covering the limbs.
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     10. The bed or box of a vehicle, on or in which the load is
         placed; as, a wagon body; a cart body.
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     11. (Print.) The shank of a type, or the depth of the shank
         (by which the size is indicated); as, a nonpareil face on
         an agate body.
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     12. (Geom.) A figure that has length, breadth, and thickness;
         any solid figure.
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     13. Consistency; thickness; substance; strength; as, this
         color has body; wine of a good body.
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     Note: Colors bear a body when they are capable of being
           ground so fine, and of being mixed so entirely with
           oil, as to seem only a very thick oil of the same
           color.
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     14. (A["e]ronautics) The central, longitudinal framework of a
         flying machine, to which are attached the planes or
         a["e]rocurves, passenger accommodations, controlling and
         propelling apparatus, fuel tanks, etc. Also called
         fuselage.
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     After body (Naut.), the part of a ship abaft the dead flat.
        
  
     Body cavity (Anat.), the space between the walls of the
        body and the inclosed viscera; the c[ae]lum; -- in
        mammals, divided by the diaphragm into thoracic and
        abdominal cavities.
  
     Body of a church, the nave.
  
     Body cloth; pl.
  
     Body cloths, a cloth or blanket for covering horses.
  
     Body clothes. (pl.)
  
     1. Clothing for the body; esp. underclothing.
  
     2. Body cloths for horses. [Obs.] --Addison.
  
     Body coat, a gentleman's dress coat.
  
     Body color (Paint.), a pigment that has consistency,
        thickness, or body, in distinction from a tint or wash.
  
     Body of a law (Law), the main and operative part.
  
     Body louse (Zool.), a species of louse ({Pediculus
        vestimenti), which sometimes infests the human body and
        clothes. See Grayback.
  
     Body plan (Shipbuilding), an end elevation, showing the
        conbour of the sides of a ship at certain points of her
        length.
  
     Body politic, the collective body of a nation or state as
        politically organized, or as exercising political
        functions; also, a corporation. --Wharton.
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              As to the persons who compose the body politic or
              associate themselves, they take collectively the
              name of "people", or "nation".        --Bouvier.
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     Body servant, a valet.
  
     The bodies seven (Alchemy), the metals corresponding to the
        planets. [Obs.]
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              Sol gold is, and Luna silver we threpe (=call), Mars
              yren (=iron), Mercurie quicksilver we clepe,
              Saturnus lead, and Jupiter is tin, and Venus coper.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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     Body snatcher, one who secretly removes without right or
        authority a dead body from a grave, vault, etc.; a
        resurrectionist.
  
     Body snatching (Law), the unauthorized removal of a dead
        body from the grave; usually for the purpose of
        dissection.
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