Definition of bodily in English:

bodily

adjective

  • 1[attributive] Of or concerning the body:

    ‘children learn to control their bodily functions’
    • ‘There is kinesthetic awareness of one's body and bodily movement in one's conscious action of picking up the spade.’
    • ‘The punishment of the body was compensated by bodily freedom in hurling stones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other monitors may be used to keep track of your heart rate, circulation, blood pressure, temperature, body fluid balance and other bodily functions.’
    • ‘It is concerned with the automatic control of bodily function.’
    • ‘There is a specific regime for retention and release of body parts and bodily samples, and that is good.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among the things that we share in common with animals are certain characteristic bodily functions.’
    • ‘The body stops maintaining bodily functions and begins to decay on the spot.’
    • ‘The fact remains that for many people, the church has seemed to disapprove of the body and bodily life in general.’
    • ‘It plays a vital role in regulating many bodily functions and is contained in body fluids, which transport oxygen and nutrients.’
    • ‘What is physical discomfort but the persistence of some body part or bodily function in distracting the attention of the mind?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Joking and speaking about bodies and bodily functions in the presence of such cousins is considered a serious faux pas.’
    • ‘As mentioned earlier, tapeworm proglottids exit the body along with bodily wastes to search for a new host in which to proliferate.’
    • ‘Human beings have or are bodies and engage in bodily activities such as walking, talking, sleeping, writing, etc.’
    • ‘Pitta governs bodily functions concerned with heat and metabolism, and directs all biochemical reactions and the process of energy exchange.’
    • ‘Four important bodily functions are provided by the muscles of our bodies.’
    • ‘Gradually, his body was forgetting basic bodily functions.’
    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.’
      • ‘In other words, we have habit-memory actually aligned with bodily perception.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is axiomatic that the bodily harm was ‘actual’.’
      • ‘Since the human person is a psychosomatic being, fasting also means satisfying both bodily and spiritual needs.’
      • ‘Rorty thinks that churches should teach that the greatest source of suffering is still, as always, economic inequality, not spiritual or bodily impurity.’
      • ‘Incorporation here is a bodily procedure of internalization that effects a psychological identification.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today, there is emphasis only on material prosperity and bodily comforts.’
      • ‘He was charged actually with assault causing bodily harm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To paraphrase Bois, in this context it revealed the precariousness of the confidence in bodily and material solidity.’
      • ‘He offered no evidence on a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm’
      • ‘The Strasbourg case law refers to actual bodily injury or intense physical or mental suffering.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 Roses, both of Waylands, Devizes, deny actually bodily harm, saying they were acting in self defence.’
      physical, corporeal, corporal, mortal, carnal, fleshly, sensual
      material, concrete, earthly, real, actual, tangible, substantial
      somatic
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adverb

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

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

Pronunciation

bodily

/ˈbɒdɪli/