a characteristic state or mode of living
"social life"; "city life"; "real life"
the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
"he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
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"
animation, life, living, aliveness(noun)
the condition of living or the state of being alive
"while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"
life, lifetime, life-time, lifespan(noun)
the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)
"the battery had a short life"; "he lived a long and happy life"
the period between birth and the present time
"I have known him all his life"
the period from the present until death
"he appointed himself emperor for life"
a living person
"his heroism saved a life"
liveliness, life, spirit, sprightliness(noun)
animation and energy in action or expression
"it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
living things collectively
"the oceans are teeming with life"
the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones
"there is no life on the moon"
biography, life, life story, life history(noun)
an account of the series of events making up a person's life
a motive for living
"pottery was his life"
life sentence, life(noun)
a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
"he got life for killing the guard"
The state that follows birth, and precedes death; the state of being alive and living.
The period during which one (a person, an animal, a plant, a star) is alive.
The span of time during which an object operates.
This light bulb is designed to have a life of 2,000 hours.
The period of time during which an object is recognizable.
The life of this milk carton may be thousands of years in this landfill.
A status given to any entity including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. u2014 and sometimes viruses u2014 having the properties of replication and metabolism.
The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
the subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
The world in general; existence.
Man's life on this planet has been marked by continual conflict.
A worthwhile existence.
He gets up early in the morning, works all day long u2014 even on weekends u2014 and hardly sees his family. That's no life!
The most worthwhile component or participant
His life of the founder is finished, except for the title.
Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc.
She's my love, my life.
A life sentence; a term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death.
One of the player's chances to play, lost when a mistake is made.
Scoring 1000 points is rewarded with an extra life.
Origin: From lif, lyf, from lif, from līban, from lībanan, from leyp-. Cognate with life, leif, liff, liif, Dutch lijf, lif, German Leib, Swedish liv, líf. Related to belive.
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 beings: 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
the potential principle, or force, by which the organs of animals and plants are started and continued in the performance of their several and cooperative 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
animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy
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
an essential constituent of life, esp. the blood
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
Origin: [AS. lf; 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. 119. See Live, and cf. Alive.]
Life is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have signaling and self-sustaining processes from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased, or else because they lack such functions and are classified as inanimate. Biology is the science concerned with the study of life. Any contiguous living system is called an organism. Organisms undergo metabolism, maintain homeostasis, possess a capacity to grow, respond to stimuli, reproduce and, through natural selection, adapt to their environment in successive generations. More complex living organisms can communicate through various means. A diverse array of living organisms can be found in the biosphere of Earth, and the properties common to these organisms—plants, animals, fungi, protists, archaea, and bacteria—are a carbon- and water-based cellular form with complex organization and heritable genetic information. Scientific evidence suggests that life began on Earth approximately 3.5 billion years ago. The mechanism by which life emerged on Earth is unknown although many hypotheses have been formulated. Since then, life has evolved into a wide variety of forms, which biologists have classified into a hierarchy of taxa. Life can survive and thrive in a wide range of conditions. The meaning of life—its significance, origin, purpose, and ultimate fate—is a central concept and question in philosophy and religion. Both philosophy and religion have offered interpretations as to how life relates to existence and consciousness, and on related issues such as life stance, purpose, conception of a god or gods, a soul or an afterlife. Different cultures throughout history have had widely varying approaches to these issues.
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. An ante-mortem statement; the intrigue of force and matter; the insomnia of death; a log-jam on the stream of life. 2. The pursuit of the superfluous. 3. The cupola of a tomb. 4. A game something like Blind Man's Buff. 5. The paradise of liars. 6. A compromise between Fate and Freewill. 7. A warfare between the sexes. 8. What you choose to make it. 9. A bank-account with so much divine energy at your disposal. 10. Just one improper number after another. 11. The interval between the time your teeth are almost through and you are almost through with your teeth. 12. An affirmative between two negatives.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. A cellular-automata game invented by John Horton Conway and first introduced publicly by Martin Gardner (Scientific American, October 1970); the game's popularity had to wait a few years for computers on which it could reasonably be played, as it's no fun to simulate the cells by hand. Many hackers pass through a stage of fascination with it, and hackers at various places contributed heavily to the mathematical analysis of this game (most notably Bill Gosper at MIT, who even implemented life in TECO!). When a hacker mentions ‘life’, he is much more likely to mean this game than the magazine, the breakfast cereal, or the human state of existence. Many web resources are available starting from the Open Directory page of Life. The Life Lexicon is a good indicator of what makes the game so fascinating.A glider, possibly the best known of the quasi-organic phenomena in the Game of Life. 2. The opposite of Usenet. As in “Get a life!”
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The state that distinguishes organisms from inorganic matter, manifested by growth, metabolism, reproduction, and adaptation. It includes the course of existence, the sum of experiences, the mode of existing, or the fact of being. Over the centuries inquiries into the nature of life have crossed the boundaries from philosophy to biology, forensic medicine, anthropology, etc., in creative as well as scientific literature. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed; Dr. James H. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division)
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'life' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #136
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'life' in Written Corpus Frequency: #330
Rank popularity for the word 'life' in Nouns Frequency: #12
The numerical value of life in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of life in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. But life looks different through everyone's eyes.
Life is short, and you got to start to be thinking what is life, what are you supposed to get out of life and what are you supposed to do with that life.
I don't feel like it's happened yet, it's still such a big part of my life. These movies really did change my life. The people who are in my life ... you guys challenged me. I love you. I think that the changes that happened in my life are so permanent that I don't think I'll ever really say goodbye to her. She feels like she's part of me.
The theory of the purple planet is really intriguing, and it's intriguing because it's important for us to think about the fact that we might not be looking for life that looks like life on the modern Earth, we might be looking for life that looks like Earth in the Archean (era of early life), or we might be looking for life that looks like Earth life that lives way at the bottom of the ocean. And we have to think about what that's going to look like. If it uses retinal pigments, it'll be purple.
There are two victims. One is the child; the other is that birth mother who often will go through extraordinary guilt years later when she begins to think through what happened -- with the baby, with her. And again, there are no easy answers here, i just come down on the side that life is precious; every life has worth and value. I don't think we discount the intrinsic worth of any human being, and I don't know where else to go with it than just to be consistent and say, if life matters, and that's a person, then every life matters.
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