ETYM Old Eng. bodi, as. bodig; akin to Old High Germ. botah. Related to Bodice.
1. The entire physical structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being); SYN. organic structure, physical structure.
2. Corpse of a dead animal or person; SYN. dead body.
3. A group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity.
4. A collection of particulars considered as a system.
5. The central message of a communication.
6. An individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects.
plural of Corpus
(Irregular plural: corpora).
1. A collection of writings.
2. The main part of an organ or other bodily structure.
Body, especially of written works on a certain subject; all of texts gathered for linguistic research. corpus delicti, basic fact necessary to prove crime to have been committed; erroneously, body of murdered person. corpus juris, body of laws of a state. corpus luteum, mass of tissue formed after release of an egg in mammals. corpus vile, worthless thing.
ETYM French See Corset.
1. A flower or small floral arrangement worn on a dress or, occasionally on the wrist.
2. The waist or bodice of a lady's dress.
Part of dress over bust; bouquet worn on dress.
ETYM Old Eng. flesch, flesc, AS. flesc.
The soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat.
ETYM Old Eng. shelle, schelle, as. scell, scyll; akin to Dutch shel, Icel. skel, Goth. skalja a tile, and Eng. skill. Related to Scale of fishes, Shale, Skill.
1. A rigid covering that envelops an object.
2. The exterior covering of a bird's egg; SYN. eggshell.
3. The hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts.
4. The outer covering or housing of something; SYN. case, casing.
5. A very light narrow racing boat; SYN. racing shell.
The hard outer covering of a wide variety of invertebrates. The covering is usually mineralized, normally with large amounts of calcium. The shell of birds' eggs is also largely made of calcium.
Trade name of the Anglo-Dutch oil-development and exploration concern Royal Dutch/Shell Group, one of the world's biggest companies, formed 1907.
Shell is the world's largest oil and gas producer, with the largest oil reserves, and is responsible for 5% of the world's oil and gas production. It has 2,000 operating companies worldwide. It is also the world's largest retailer, with (1994) 40,000 gasoline stations in 100 countries. Its sales turnover in 1992 amounted to more than the gross national product of any country except the 23 richest.
The company abandoned plans to dump a disused oil-storage platform in the north Atlantic Ocean June 1995 in the face of widespread protests spearheaded by the environmentalist group Greenpeace.
The business originated in the early 19th century with a curio shop in E London that sold shell ornaments; by 1830 the dealer, Marcus Samuel, had built up an international trade in copra and oriental artifacts. From 1897 the company dealt in oil and kerosene (paraffin oil) and was consolidated as the Shell Transport and Trading Company, amalgamating with the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company 1907.