Definitions for lifelaɪf
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(n.)the general condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, a means of reproduction, and internal regulation in response to the environment.
the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual:
to risk one's life; a long life.
a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul:
the general or universal condition of human existence:
Life is like that.
any specified period of animate existence:
a couple in middle life.
the period of existence, activity, or effectiveness of something inanimate, as a machine, lease, or play.
a living being:
Several lives were lost in the fire.
living things collectively:
a particular aspect of existence:
an active sex life.
the course of existence or sum of experiences and actions that constitute a person's existence.
a life of Willa Cather.
animation; liveliness; spirit:
The party was full of life.
the force that makes or keeps something alive; the vivifying or quickening principle.
a mode or manner of existence, as in the world of affairs or society.
Ref: life sentence.
anything or anyone considered to be as precious as life:
She was his life.
a person or thing that enlivens:
the life of the party.
effervescence or sparkle, as of wines.
pungency or strong, sharp flavor, as of substances when fresh or in good condition.
nature or any of the forms of nature as the model or subject of a work of art:
drawn from life.
(adj.)for or lasting a lifetime; lifelong:
a life membership in a club; life imprisonment.
of or pertaining to animate existence:
working from nature or using a living model:
a life drawing.
Idioms for life:
bring to life, to restore to consciousness. to make animated. to imbue with lifelike characteristics.
come to life, to recover consciousness. to become animated. to appear lifelike.
for dear life,with the most desperate effort possible.
for the life of one,even with the utmost effort.
get a life,to improve the quality of one's social and professional life: often used in the imperative to express impatience with someone's behavior.
not on your life,absolutely not.
Category: Idiom, Informal
take one's life in one's hands,to risk death knowingly.
to the life,in perfect imitation; exactly.
Origin of life:
bef. 900; ME lif(e); OE līf, c. OFris, OS, ON līf, OHG līb life, body; akin to live1
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the period of time between sb's birth and the present time or their death
She had a long and happy life.; I've spent my whole life working toward this day.
a life or death situation; People's lives are at risk.
to prevent sb from dying
to kill sb
living people, animals, plants, etc.
Will there be life on earth in 5,000 years?
a way of living
He leads such a hectic life.; the life of an academic; the American way of life
the period sb continues to be alive or sth lasts
the average life of a car battery
energy and excitement
He was always so full of life.
to become or make sth more real or more exciting
a great teacher who could bring history to life
indicates you think a situation cannot be changed and must be accepted
I know it seems unfair, but that's life.
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
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
Word rank popularity for 'life' among Spoken Corpus Frequency: #136
Written Corpus Frequency
Word rank popularity for 'life' among Written Corpus Frequency: #330
Word rank popularity for 'life' among Nouns Frequency: #12
Translations for life
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the quality belonging to plants and animals which distinguishes them from rocks, minerals etc and things which are dead
Doctors are fighting to save the child's life.
- vidaPortuguese (BR)
- das LebenGerman
- जीवन, जीवत्वHindi
- líf; tilveraIcelandic
- hayat, yaşamTurkish
- 生命Chinese (Trad.)
- وہ کیفیت جو جمادات سے حیوانات اور نباتات کو متمیز کرتی ہےUrdu
- sự sốngVietnamese
- 生命Chinese (Simp.)
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