American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.
- n. The characteristic state or condition of a living organism.
- n. Living organisms considered as a group: plant life; marine life.
- n. A living being, especially a person: an earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives.
- n. The physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence: the artistic life of a writer.
- n. The interval of time between birth and death: She led a good, long life.
- n. The interval of time between one's birth and the present: has had hay fever all his life.
- n. A particular segment of one's life: my adolescent life.
- n. The period from an occurrence until death: elected for life; paralyzed for life.
- n. Slang A sentence of imprisonment lasting till death.
- n. The time for which something exists or functions: the useful life of a car.
- n. A spiritual state regarded as a transcending of corporeal death.
- n. An account of a person's life; a biography.
- n. Human existence, relationships, or activity in general: real life; everyday life.
- n. A manner of living: led a hard life.
- n. A specific, characteristic manner of existence. Used of inanimate objects: "Great institutions seem to have a life of their own, independent of those who run them” ( New Republic).
- n. The activities and interests of a particular area or realm: musical life in New York.
- n. A source of vitality; an animating force: She's the life of the show.
- n. Liveliness or vitality; animation: a face that is full of life.
- n. Something that actually exists regarded as a subject for an artist: painted from life.
- n. Actual environment or reality; nature.
- adj. Of or relating to animate existence; involved in or necessary for living: life processes.
- adj. Continuing for a lifetime; lifelong: life partner; life imprisonment.
- adj. Using a living model as a subject for an artist: a life sculpture.
- idiom. as big as life Life-size.
- idiom. as big as life Actually present.
- idiom. bring to life To cause to regain consciousness.
- idiom. bring to life To put spirit into; to animate.
- idiom. bring to life To make lifelike.
- idiom. come to life To become animated; grow excited.
- idiom. for dear life Desperately or urgently: I ran for dear life when I saw the tiger.
- idiom. for life Till the end of one's life.
- idiom. for the life of (one) Though trying hard: For the life of me I couldn't remember his name.
- idiom. not on your life Informal Absolutely not; not for any reason whatsoever.
- idiom. take (one's) life To commit suicide.
- idiom. take (one's) life in (one's) hands To take a dangerous risk.
- idiom. take (someone's) life To commit murder.
- idiom. the good life A wealthy, luxurious way of living.
- idiom. the life of Riley Informal An easy life.
- idiom. the life of the party Informal An animated, amusing person who is the center of attention at a social gathering.
- idiom. to save (one's) life No matter how hard one tries: He can't ski to save his life.
- idiom. true to life Conforming to reality.
- n. The state that follows birth, and precedes death; the state of being alive and living.
- n. The period during which one (a person, an animal, a plant, a star) is alive.
- n. The span of time during which an object operates.
- n. The period of time during which an object is recognizable.
- n. biology A status given to any entity including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. — and sometimes viruses — having the properties of replication and metabolism.
- n. philosophy The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
- n. phenomenology the subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
- n. The world in general; existence.
- n. A worthwhile existence.
- n. usually of a person The most worthwhile component or participant
- n. A biography.
- n. Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc.
- n. colloquial A life sentence; a term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death.
- n. informal social life
- n. video games One of the player's chances to play, lost when a mistake is made.
- From Middle English lif, lyf, from Old English līf ("life, existence; life-time"), from Proto-Germanic *līban (“life, body”), from Proto-Germanic *lībanan (“to remain, stay, be left”), from Proto-Indo-European *leyp-, *lip- (“to stick, glue”). Cognate with Scots life, leif ("life"), North Frisian liff ("life, limb, person, livelihood"), West Frisian liif ("belly, abdomen"), Dutch lijf ("body"), Low German lif ("body; life, life-force; waist"), German Leib ("body"), Swedish liv ("life; waist"), Icelandic líf ("life"). Related to belive. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English līf. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“This is your life flashing before your eyes, this is your ~life~ passing you by.”
“This literature tends to show subjects 'self-ratings of well-being or happiness are based partly on pleasure, partly on the absence of negative affect, and partly on their views of how well they are achieving the ends they regard as important in life (their ˜life satisfaction™).”
“If what I have found so far and my search has not ended yet, nor will it ever likely is accurate- that life begins at fertilization both by the independent definition of life and a scientific understanding of the life cycle- then abortion must end.”
“He also credits Aristotle with saying: Teachers who educated children deserved more honour than parents who merely gave them birth; for bare life is furnished by the one, the other ensures a good life (p. 463).”
“_After the death_, &c. 172, l. 3. _or_ else it _should cost life for life_; and that in a short time they should be like hogs kept for slaughter, by this vitious”
“By nature it is implanted in man that he should live in civil society, for since he cannot attain in solitude the necessary means of civilized life, it is a Divine provision that he comes into existence adapted for taking part in the union and assembling of men, both in the Family and in the State, which alone can supply adequate facilities for _the perfecting of life_.”
“_The girl must prepare for life work in the home, or life work outside the home, or a period of either followed by the other, or perhaps a combination of both during some part or even all of her mature life_.”
“Now those who regard literature as an important thing, playing a significant part in the life of a nation, must, as I have already indicated, seek in it something more positive than a _distraction_ from life; for them it must be an _addition to life_.”
“Now, relying on these discoveries, as well as upon the successful demonstration, by inorganic means, of organic acids in chemistry, and starting from the supposition that the first appearance of life must necessarily be explained by those agencies which are already active in the inorganic nature, many scientists have attempted the so-called _mechanical explanation of life_.”
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