What does lifeless mean?

Definitions for lifeless
ˈlaɪf lɪslife·less

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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.

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


    I fell in love with your silence than your animated lifeless gestures, for its your stillness that conveyed more than what even words failed to express...

  2. Jess Hamm:

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

  3. Ben Crump:

    The official declaration confirms what all could see in the video. Irvo, while facedown and handcuffed at his wrists and shackled at his ankles, was not permitted to breathe. For over 11 minutes, the ten officer/hospital defendants pushed down hard on every part of Irvo’s body until he was limp and lifeless, we cannot continue to treat the mentally ill with such brutality.

  4. Gilbert Highet:

    These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

  5. 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

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