Definition of bodily in English:

bodily

adjective

  • 1attributive Of or concerning the body.

    ‘children learn to control their 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.’
    • ‘Gradually, his body was forgetting basic bodily functions.’
    • ‘Four important bodily functions are provided by the muscles of our bodies.’
    • ‘Pitta governs bodily functions concerned with heat and metabolism, and directs all biochemical reactions and the process of energy exchange.’
    • ‘Among the things that we share in common with animals are certain characteristic bodily functions.’
    • ‘It plays a vital role in regulating many bodily functions and is contained in body fluids, which transport oxygen and nutrients.’
    • ‘There is a specific regime for retention and release of body parts and bodily samples, and that is good.’
    • ‘As mentioned earlier, tapeworm proglottids exit the body along with bodily wastes to search for a new host in which to proliferate.’
    • ‘The punishment of the body was compensated by bodily freedom in hurling stones.’
    • ‘The disease ravaged his frail body, leaving him unable to speak or control bodily functions in his final days.’
    • ‘The fact remains that for many people, the church has seemed to disapprove of the body and bodily life in general.’
    • ‘Human beings have or are bodies and engage in bodily activities such as walking, talking, sleeping, writing, etc.’
    • ‘Joking and speaking about bodies and bodily functions in the presence of such cousins is considered a serious faux pas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is physical discomfort but the persistence of some body part or bodily function in distracting the attention of the mind?’
    • ‘The body stops maintaining bodily functions and begins to decay on the spot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is kinesthetic awareness of one's body and bodily movement in one's conscious action of picking up the spade.’
    physical, physically gratifying, carnal, fleshly, animal
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    1. 1.1 Material or actual as opposed to spiritual or incorporeal.
      ‘God is not present in bodily form’
      • ‘Thus spirit possession is interpreted as a transcendental experience which has material, bodily manifestations.’
      • ‘There are many kinds of death, apart from actual bodily death.’
      • ‘The Strasbourg case law refers to actual bodily injury or intense physical or mental suffering.’
      • ‘It is axiomatic that the bodily harm was ‘actual’.’
      • ‘In other words, we have habit-memory actually aligned with bodily perception.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Hormones are natural signaling chemicals that actually cause bodily changes and growth in skin, hair, bones, organs, and muscles.’
      • ‘Rorty thinks that churches should teach that the greatest source of suffering is still, as always, economic inequality, not spiritual or bodily impurity.’
      • ‘The Roses, both of Waylands, Devizes, deny actually bodily harm, saying they were acting in self defence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today, there is emphasis only on material prosperity and bodily comforts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He offered no evidence on a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm’
      • ‘To paraphrase Bois, in this context it revealed the precariousness of the confidence in bodily and material solidity.’
      • ‘Incorporation here is a bodily procedure of internalization that effects a psychological identification.’
      • ‘Since the human person is a psychosomatic being, fasting also means satisfying both bodily and spiritual needs.’
      • ‘He was charged actually with assault causing bodily harm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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
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adverb

  • 1By moving a person's or one's own body with force.

    ‘he hauled her bodily from the van’
    • ‘Kompuu was bodily forced into a chair by a large sink.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mrs Cunningham practically screamed as she threw herself at her grandson, her arms flailing as she pinned him bodily to the bed.’
    • ‘Suddenly, with a force propelled by sheer insanity, Charles lifted him bodily and pushed him over the railings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the boy protesting all the way, they bodily hauled him out of the cell.’
    • ‘She threw me almost bodily into the bars on the other side of the cell this time.’
    • ‘The troopers carried him bodily from the room, through the curtain.’
    • ‘Tilkin tried to move but Bromm bodily forced him to the ground on his knees.’
    • ‘When something dark and chitinous scuttled out from the scrub, Darius was forced to bodily haul him out of its way.’
    • ‘But it did the trick, as she was hauled up bodily to a more stable position.’
    • ‘He barely had a moment to swear before he was lifted bodily from the ground and turned to face the murderer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fourth time she broke the surface she fetched up sharp against something, and was hauled bodily out of the stream.’
    • ‘She squealed then grabbed me and pushed me bodily into the ante-room where the choir were waiting.’
    • ‘He was so spifflicated before they let him up that they had to lift him bodily and plant him in a seat.’
    • ‘The door opened and Clarence was bodily dragged into the hallway of Mavanwy's flat.’
    forcefully, with force, powerfully, forcibly, violently
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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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fluid streaming appears to have bodily transported material between different layers.’
    • ‘It is not moving bodily; it is pivoting from the handle.’

Pronunciation

bodily

/ˈbɒdɪli/