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The principal part of anything as distinguished from its subordinate parts, as in the main part of an instrument. An individual, an organization, or an entity given legal recognition, such as a corporation or "body corporate." A compilation of laws known as a "body of laws."

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

BODY. A person.
     2. In practice, when the sheriff returns cepi corpus to a capias, the plaintiff may obtain a rule, before special bail has been entered, to bring in the body and this must be done either by committing the defendant or entering special bail. See Dead Body.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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What, then, will be best both as regards rescuing the body, and our return to the joy of our friends who will be grieving as they look hitherwards; for they will make sure that nothing can now check the terrible hands of Hector, and that he will fling himself upon our ships.
Run instantly to the ships and tell Achilles, that he may come to rescue the body and bear it to the ships.
Ajax answered, "Menelaus, you have said well: do you, then, and Meriones stoop down, raise the body, and bear it out of the fray, while we two behind you keep off Hector and the Trojans, one in heart as in name, and long used to fighting side by side with one another."
The Trojan host raised a hue and cry behind them when they saw the Achaeans bearing the body away, and flew after them like hounds attacking a wounded boar at the loo of a band of young huntsmen.
In this wise did the two heroes strain every nerve to bear the body to the ships out of the fight.
It does indeed offer a theology of sexuality that celebrates its power to unite a couple, one that takes the body very seriously as a sacrament of God's revelation.
In the shower, try a cool anti-acne body cleanser, such as Phisoderm Clear Confidence Body Wash ($5,
This well-conceived volume organizes 13 recent essays on the Black female body into a highly readable collection that not only provides an overview of scholarship in the field but also begins to chart new directions for further work.
Coastline: Land that lies along an ocean or other body of water.
If the weight gain is less than about 1% of an athlete's bodyweight per week and is the result of a demanding strength-training program in conjunction with a moderate caloric increase, the weight increase will likely be due to the increase in lean-body mass rather than of body fat.
RESOLVED: That the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, with respect to its statements of federal accounting standards and concepts adopted and issued in March of 1993 and subsequently; in accordance with its rules of procedure, the memorandum of understanding and public notice designating the FASAB's standards and concepts as having substantial authoritative support, be, and hereby is, designated by the Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as the body to establish financial accounting principles for federal governmental entities pursuant to rule 203.
Kamm says that it takes him two to three hours to embalm and dress a body. He also says that there is very little expertise in the field, and most embalmers operating in Japan go to the US for training.