Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a long life.
  • adjective Lasting a long time; persistent.
  • adjective Functioning a long time; durable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a long life or existence; living or lasting long.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a long life; having constitutional peculiarities which make long life probable; lasting long
  • adjective same as long-lasting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having a long lifespan; surviving for a long period of time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective existing for a long time

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English long-lifed : long, long; see long + life, life; see life + -ed, having; see –ed.]

Examples

  • Few of the byproducts of nuclear fission are long-lived.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A New Nuclear Option

  • Hatshepsut, a woman of royal blood, ruled as pharaoh during this period, as did Tutankhamun and the long-lived Rameses the Great, famous for the colossal rock-cut statues he built at Abu Simbel as well as his war against the Hittites of Asia Minor.

    Alexander the Great

  • Given that aerospace flight systems are long-lived (DC-3, B-52, Shuttle, Soyuz), we must assume that the next space access system after Shuttle will have a similar decades-long lifespan.

    Would You Bring Back NGLT-or SLI? - NASA Watch

  • Not a new idea, but he adds a twist: that the very same processes that lead to the existence of long-lived stars happen to support the almost infinitely lengthy trail of processes essential to make biology possible.

    First Contact

  • We could not find any example of a company that sold a long-lived consumer product like a car surviving a lengthy reorganization.

    Auto Bailout Was a Bargain for Taxpayers, Economy

  • Hatshepsut, a woman of royal blood, ruled as pharaoh during this period, as did Tutankhamun and the long-lived Rameses the Great, famous for the colossal rock-cut statues he built at Abu Simbel as well as his war against the Hittites of Asia Minor.

    Alexander the Great

  • That is why cooperation by direct reciprocity works best within a long-lived community.

    SuperCooperators

  • The rulers of these hierarchies are slowly dividing, long-lived parent cells that we call stem cells.

    SuperCooperators

  • Even then, Conway used a computer to study particularly long-lived populations.

    SuperCooperators

  • Numerous newly hybridized plants are introduced every year with the goal of creating trees, shrubs and perennials that perform well, are hardy, pest-resistant and long-lived and that display practical and aesthetically pleasing characteristics.

    New crop of hybrid plants demonstrate beauty of ingenuity

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