noun a characteristic state or mode of living
- social life
- city life
- real life
noun the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
- he could no longer cope with the complexities of life
noun the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living
- he hoped for a new life in Australia
- he wanted to live his own life without interference from others
noun the condition of living or the state of being alive
living; animation; aliveness.
- while there's life there's hope
- life depends on many chemical and physical processes
noun the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)
lifetime; life-time; lifespan.
- the battery had a short life
- he lived a long and happy life
noun the period between birth and the present time
- I have known him all his life
noun the period from the present until death
- he appointed himself emperor for life
noun a living person
noun animation and energy in action or expression
liveliness; sprightliness; spirit.
- it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it
noun living things collectively
- the oceans are teeming with life
noun the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones
- there is no life on the moon
noun an account of the series of events making up a person's life
life story; biography; life history.
noun a motive for living
noun a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
- he got life for killing the guard
; akin to D. lijf
body, G. leib
body, MHG. lp
life, body, OHG. lb
life, Icel. lf
, life, body, Sw. lif
, Dan. liv
, and E. live
, v. . See Live
, and cf. Alive
- The state of being which begins with generation, birth, or germination, and ends with death; also, the time during which this state continues; that state of an animal or plant in which all or any of its organs are capable of performing all or any of their functions; -- used of all animal and vegetable organisms.
- Of human being: The union of the soul and body; also, the duration of their union; sometimes, the deathless quality or existence of the soul; as, man is a creature having an immortal life.
She shows a body rather than a life.
- (Philos) The potential principle, or force, by which the organs of animals and plants are started and continued in the performance of their several and coöperative functions; the vital force, whether regarded as physical or spiritual.
- Figuratively: The potential or animating principle, also, the period of duration, of anything that is conceived of as resembling a natural organism in structure or functions; as, the life of a state, a machine, or a book; authority is the life of government.
- A certain way or manner of living with respect to conditions, circumstances, character, conduct, occupation, etc.; hence, human affairs; also, lives, considered collectively, as a distinct class or type; as, low life; a good or evil life; the life of Indians, or of miners.
That which before us lies in daily life.
By experience of life abroad in the world.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime.
'T is from high life high characters are drawn.
- Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy.
No notion of life and fire in fancy and in words.
That gives thy gestures grace and life.
- That which imparts or excites spirit or vigor; that upon which enjoyment or success depends; as, he was the life of the company, or of the enterprise.
- The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a picture or a description from, the life.
- A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many lives were sacrificed.
- The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively.
Full nature swarms with life.
- An essential constituent of life, esp: the blood.
The words that I speak unto you . . . they are life.
John vi. 63.
The warm life came issuing through the wound.
- A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton.
- Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity.
- Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; -- used as a term of endearment.
✍ Life forms the first part of many compounds, for the most part of obvious meaning; as, life-giving, life-sustaining, etc.
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