• WordNet 3.6
    • n bodice part of a dress above the waist
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bodice A close-fitting outer waist or vest forming the upper part of a woman's dress, or a portion of it. "Her bodice half way she unlaced."
    • Bodice A kind of under waist stiffened with whalebone, etc., worn esp. by women; a corset; stays.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bodice A sort of inner stays or corset, laced in front, worn by women, and sometimes by men: also called a pair of bodies, or a bodies.
    • n bodice An outer laced garment, covering the waist and bust, worn by women in some European styles of costume, often as an ornament.
    • n bodice More generally, the close-fitting waist or body of a gown.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bodice bod′is a woman's outer garment covering the waist and bust: the close-fitting waist or body of a woman's gown.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
This is properly the plural of body, Oe. bodise, a pair of bodies, equiv. to a bodice. Cf. Corset, and see Body


In literature:

Her shoulders were broad, and her white bodice was fastened at the waist with a black ribbon.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
A poor woman has simply a bodice and pyjamas, with a cloth round the waist to cover their ends.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
Diane drew a small pistol from her bodice.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Her hand went up to her bodice.
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
Their entire costume is snow-white, even to the fine sheepskin bodice worn by each.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
Skirts won't be much good without the bodices to match!
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She was longing to have a fitted bodice, but she chose a coat, out of consideration for me.
"Pixie O'Shaughnessy" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The bodice is prettily made.
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Very singularly, the black-bodiced one seems to like living near manufactories.
"Love's Meinie" by John Ruskin
We passed some very pretty peasant girls, dressed in bodices laced crossways with ribbon.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney

In poetry:

Wood-lilies white
As hidden lace—
Open your bodice,
That's their place.
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
If she be not queen nor goddess
She shall milk my brown-eyed herds,
And the breasts beneath her bodice
Are whiter than her curds.
"Soli Cantare Periti Arcades" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Alice, Alice, doff your gown of night,
Draw on your bodice as lilies white,
Draw on your petticoats, clasp your stays,—
Oh! Alice, Alice, those milky ways!
"Alice" by Richard Le Gallienne
"The stars shone out above the doubtful green
Of her bodice, in the green sky overhead;
Pale in the green sky were the stars I ween,
Because the moon shone like a star she shed
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
We will part before Summer has opened her wing,
And the bosom of June swells the bodice of Spring,
While the hope of the season lies fresh in the bud,
And the young life of Nature runs warm in our blood.
"At The Close Of A Course Of Lectures" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"And Bridget Bishop, when she lived yonder at Ryal-side,
What if she kept a shovel-board, and trimmed with laces wide
Her scarlet bodice: grant she was too frivolous and vain;
How dared they take away the life they could not give again ?
"Mistress Hale Of Beverly" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

Emily gave us the gothic bodice ripper.
They're No Bodice Rippers, But Amish Romances Are Hot.
Kelly Carlson looked sophisticated in a monochromatic mini, which featured a scalloped bodice.
Tame constricting lace-up bodices and domineering footwear with a demure hemline and glints of refined jewels.
PREVIEW One of the most exciting and unusual theatrical events of 2008 came from a small San Francisco–spawned, now Brooklyn-based company: the curiously named Banana Bag and Bodice.
Feathers, gathers and a corseted bodice made the always breathtaking Elegy star a red-carpet winner at the Oscars in February.
In the climax of Morning Glory , Rachel McAdams is dressed in a flesh-colored, diaphanous cocktail dress, its halter top and tight bodice giving way to spilling tulle.
In the climax of Morning Glory, Rachel McAdams is dressed in a flesh-colored, diaphanous cocktail dress, its halter top and tight bodice giving way to spilling tulle.
Madonna in a chain-mail bodice and tiered skirt at the same event.
But it was by night that the designer burst into glitter with a myriad of beautiful gowns and sparkling pants enhanced by a plisse silk bodice.
Trace the bodice and skirt patterns onto new paper.
Much will be said about the continental drift of PJ Harvey's latest, but compare the bodice-rippers of 1992's Dry to the corseted piano penance of 2007's White Chalk and the bigger picture becomes clear.
Take this quiz to see if you could use a crash course in bill-paying (or bodice-ripping).
Like all juicy bodice-rippers, "The Princess of Montpensier" begins in a time of great strife.
They're also used to control the upper part of the bodice to prevent the shoulder seams from shifting and sliding and the neckline from gaping.

In science:

She wears a short-sleeved bodice over a sheer blouse, which delineates her ample bosom.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings