What does lifeless mean?

Definitions for lifeless
ˈlaɪf lɪslife·less

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lifeless.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lifeless, exanimateadjective

    deprived of life; no longer living

    "a lifeless body"

  2. lifelessadjective

    destitute or having been emptied of life or living beings

    "after the dance the littered and lifeless ballroom echoed hollowly"

  3. lifelessadjective

    lacking animation or excitement or activity

    "the party being dead we left early"; "it was a lifeless party until she arrived"

  4. lifelessadjective

    not having the capacity to support life

    "a lifeless planet"


  1. lifelessadjective

    inanimate; having no life

  2. lifelessadjective

    dead; having lost life

  3. lifelessadjective

    uninhabited, or incapable of supporting life

  4. lifelessadjective

    dull or lacking vitality

  5. lifelessadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lifelessadjective

    Etymology: from life.

    The other victor-flame a moment stood,
    Then fell, and lifeless left th’ extinguish’d wood. Dryden.

    I who make the triumph of to-day,
    May of to-morrow’s pomp one part appear,
    Ghastly with wounds, and lifeless on the bier. Matthew Prior.

    Was I to have never parted from thy side?
    As good have grown there still a lifeless rib! John Milton, P. L.

    Thus began
    Outrage from lifeless things. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    The power which produces their motions, springs from something without themselves: if this power were suspended, they would become a lifeless, unactive heap of matter. George Cheyne.

    And empty words she gave, and sounding strain,
    But senseless, lifeless! idol void and vain. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

    Hopeless and helpless doth Ægeon wend,
    But to procrastinate his lifeless end. William Shakespeare.

    Unknowing to command, proud to obey
    A lifeless king, a royal shade I lay. Matthew Prior.


  1. lifeless

    Lifeless refers to something or someone that doesn't have life or shows no signs of vitality, activity, or animation. It can describe both non-living, inanimate objects and a lack of vigour or energy in living beings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lifelessadjective

    destitute of life, or deprived of life; not containing, or inhabited by, living beings or vegetation; dead, or apparently dead; spiritless; powerless; dull; as, a lifeless carcass; lifeless matter; a lifeless desert; a lifeless wine; a lifeless story

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lifeless in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lifeless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of lifeless in a Sentence

  1. John Ruskin:

    We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears

  2. Martin Luther:

    Love is an image of God, and not a lifeless image, but the living essence of the divine nature which beams full of all goodness.

  3. Courtesy Uber Family -RRB- Uber:

    I said to myself, ‘What do I know about CPR? I don’t have formal training,' in that panic moment, I just thought of that scene from ‘The Office,’ as crazy as it was. I had to be doing something to keep this lifeless little body alive.

  4. Jacqui McCullagh:

    Boats washed ashore, houses without roofs, windows smashed in, trees snapped in half, gum trees torn out of the ground and those that do remain standing, are bare and lifeless, the wind gusts were so ferocious, they sounded like freight trains passing by. The concrete walls were shaking non-stop all day.

  5. Jess Hamm:

    My heart was broken. I don’t want to cry. She was just so lifeless, but she still held onto my finger.

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