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

  • noun Representation of usually household objects, such as flowers or food, in painting or photography.
  • noun A painting, picture, or photograph of such objects.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See still life, under still.

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

  • noun a type of painting in which inanimate objects such as flowers or fruit are represented.
  • noun the inanimate subject matter of a still life painting or photograph.

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

  • noun a work of art depicting an arrangement of inanimate objects
  • noun cellular automata A pattern that does not change from one generation to the next.

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

  • noun a painting of inanimate objects such as fruit or flowers


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  • So nice. Something we might all wish for, and much nicer than its Italian version "natura morta" (dead nature).

    December 20, 2007