Definition of bodily in English:



  • 1[attributive] Of or concerning the body.

    ‘children learn to control their bodily functions’
    • ‘This does not conflict with the Sikh's aim to move beyond bodily concerns; since the body is one's vehicle for enlightenment one should care for it appropriately.’
    • ‘Human beings have or are bodies and engage in bodily activities such as walking, talking, sleeping, writing, etc.’
    • ‘The fact remains that for many people, the church has seemed to disapprove of the body and bodily life in general.’
    • ‘What is physical discomfort but the persistence of some body part or bodily function in distracting the attention of the mind?’
    • ‘As mentioned earlier, tapeworm proglottids exit the body along with bodily wastes to search for a new host in which to proliferate.’
    • ‘There is kinesthetic awareness of one's body and bodily movement in one's conscious action of picking up the spade.’
    • ‘Pitta governs bodily functions concerned with heat and metabolism, and directs all biochemical reactions and the process of energy exchange.’
    • ‘Joking and speaking about bodies and bodily functions in the presence of such cousins is considered a serious faux pas.’
    • ‘Among the things that we share in common with animals are certain characteristic bodily functions.’
    • ‘Gradually, his body was forgetting basic bodily functions.’
    • ‘It is concerned with the automatic control of bodily function.’
    • ‘Other monitors may be used to keep track of your heart rate, circulation, blood pressure, temperature, body fluid balance and other bodily functions.’
    • ‘There is a specific regime for retention and release of body parts and bodily samples, and that is good.’
    • ‘Four important bodily functions are provided by the muscles of our bodies.’
    • ‘The punishment of the body was compensated by bodily freedom in hurling stones.’
    • ‘It plays a vital role in regulating many bodily functions and is contained in body fluids, which transport oxygen and nutrients.’
    • ‘When your thyroid stops working properly and doesn't produce enough hormones, chemical reactions all over your body go out of kilter and many bodily functions simply slow down.’
    • ‘The disease ravaged his frail body, leaving him unable to speak or control bodily functions in his final days.’
    • ‘The body stops maintaining bodily functions and begins to decay on the spot.’
    • ‘Although we share many instincts and bodily functions with animals, our ancient sages and philosophers just could not comprehend the source of the great gap between human and animal minds.’
    physical, physically gratifying, carnal, fleshly, animal
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    1. 1.1Material or actual as opposed to spiritual or incorporeal.
      ‘God is not present in bodily form’
      • ‘Today, there is emphasis only on material prosperity and bodily comforts.’
      • ‘Rorty thinks that churches should teach that the greatest source of suffering is still, as always, economic inequality, not spiritual or bodily impurity.’
      • ‘To paraphrase Bois, in this context it revealed the precariousness of the confidence in bodily and material solidity.’
      • ‘Hormones are natural signaling chemicals that actually cause bodily changes and growth in skin, hair, bones, organs, and muscles.’
      • ‘Thus spirit possession is interpreted as a transcendental experience which has material, bodily manifestations.’
      • ‘Just as he, a spiritual being, could not become bodily until he had come to bodily birth, so too bodily beings cannot become spiritual unless they are reborn in another kind of birth.’
      • ‘Incorporation here is a bodily procedure of internalization that effects a psychological identification.’
      • ‘The Strasbourg case law refers to actual bodily injury or intense physical or mental suffering.’
      • ‘At the admittance of weakness and limitation, Rachel experienced an extreme slip of bodily control and actually stomped her foot before glaring off in the distance.’
      • ‘In William's accounts, the problem at issue is the nature of physical revenants: are they animated by demons, and should they be laid by bodily or spiritual means?’
      • ‘So here again we have her as that which is both of the body and outside of bodily experience, both in the world and otherworldly.’
      • ‘It is axiomatic that the bodily harm was ‘actual’.’
      • ‘This view proposes a way out of the mind-body problem, as the mind becomes a material substance that is comparable to any other bodily organ.’
      • ‘He offered no evidence on a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm’
      • ‘The Roses, both of Waylands, Devizes, deny actually bodily harm, saying they were acting in self defence.’
      • ‘In other words, we have habit-memory actually aligned with bodily perception.’
      • ‘There are many kinds of death, apart from actual bodily death.’
      • ‘He was charged actually with assault causing bodily harm.’
      • ‘Since the human person is a psychosomatic being, fasting also means satisfying both bodily and spiritual needs.’
      • ‘The pilgrimage journey is the umbilical cord which connects them with a sacred place, and making the journey is a means of bodily enacting their spiritual identity.’
      physical, corporeal, corporal, mortal, carnal, fleshly, sensual
      material, concrete, earthly, real, actual, tangible, substantial
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  • 1By moving a person's or one's own body with force.

    ‘he hauled her bodily from the van’
    • ‘Then, with a mischievous grin, he glanced first at the closed door and then at her before reaching over, placing a hand on either side of her waist, and hauling her bodily out of the bed.’
    • ‘He was so spifflicated before they let him up that they had to lift him bodily and plant him in a seat.’
    • ‘She threw me almost bodily into the bars on the other side of the cell this time.’
    • ‘I heard footsteps running up from behind me but before I could turn on my own I was being bodily forced to turn by the very strong hands of David.’
    • ‘But it did the trick, as she was hauled up bodily to a more stable position.’
    • ‘When something dark and chitinous scuttled out from the scrub, Darius was forced to bodily haul him out of its way.’
    • ‘With the boy protesting all the way, they bodily hauled him out of the cell.’
    • ‘Suddenly, with a force propelled by sheer insanity, Charles lifted him bodily and pushed him over the railings.’
    • ‘Mrs Cunningham practically screamed as she threw herself at her grandson, her arms flailing as she pinned him bodily to the bed.’
    • ‘He barely had a moment to swear before he was lifted bodily from the ground and turned to face the murderer.’
    • ‘Kompuu was bodily forced into a chair by a large sink.’
    • ‘Tilkin tried to move but Bromm bodily forced him to the ground on his knees.’
    • ‘The door opened and Clarence was bodily dragged into the hallway of Mavanwy's flat.’
    • ‘The troopers carried him bodily from the room, through the curtain.’
    • ‘She squealed then grabbed me and pushed me bodily into the ante-room where the choir were waiting.’
    • ‘Five days ago, they were borne up the creek that leads out to sea, borne up like some all-conquering champion sportsman might be borne, and flung bodily at the bridge.’
    • ‘One is innocent of sin only when forced bodily or under threat of death to do a specific act, and only when the sin itself is the source of danger.’
    • ‘O'Grady opened the door and threw Carl bodily out into the night where he staggered a few paces before falling headfirst into a patch of mud.’
    • ‘She missed the mischievous glint that came into his eyes, and so it took her completely by surprise when she was picked up bodily and flung into the water by a very familiar pair of strong arms.’
    • ‘The fourth time she broke the surface she fetched up sharp against something, and was hauled bodily out of the stream.’
    forcefully, with force, powerfully, forcibly, violently
    wholly, completely, altogether, entirely, totally
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  • 2In one mass; as a whole.

    ‘he built ships on the Atlantic shore, transporting them bodily over the hills and sailing them off into the Pacific’
    • ‘It is not moving bodily; it is pivoting from the handle.’
    • ‘Fluid streaming appears to have bodily transported material between different layers.’
    • ‘A circular hole had been bodily taken out of the slopstone, and the fluid seems to have passed to a neighbouring house, occupied by a Mr Coward, damaging some metal piping and the slopstone there also.’