The following terms, whenever used or referred to in this article, shall have the following respective meanings, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
"Housing authority" shall mean any housing authority created pursuant to chapter ninety-three, acts of the Legislature, second extraordinary session, one thousand nine hundred thirty-three, and any amendments thereto.
"Housing project" shall mean any work or undertaking of a housing authority pursuant to such chapter, and any amendments thereto, or any similar work or undertaking of the federal government.
"State public body" shall mean any city, town, village, county, municipal corporation, commission, district, authority, other subdivision or public body of the state.
"Governing body" shall mean the council, board, commission, or other body having charge of the fiscal affairs of a state public body.
"Federal government" shall include the United States of America, the United States housing authority, or any other agency or instrumentality, corporate or otherwise, of the United States of America.