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Definitions of life

  1. the condition of living or the state of being alive; "while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. living things collectively; "the oceans are teeming with life" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a living person; "his heroism saved a life" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones; "there is no life on the moon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living; "he hoped for a new life in Australia"; "he wanted to live his own life without interference from others" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a motive for living; "pottery was his life" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. a characteristic state or mode of living; "social life"; "city life"; "real life" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. the period between birth and the present time; "I have known him all his life" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives; "he got life for killing the guard" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. The state of being which begins with generation, birth, or germination, and ends with death; also, the time during which this state continues; that state of an animal or plant in which all or any of its organs are capable of performing all or any of their functions; -- used of all animal and vegetable organisms. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The potential principle, or force, by which the organs of animals and plants are started and continued in the performance of their several and cooperative functions; the vital force, whether regarded as physical or spiritual. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Figuratively: The potential or animating principle, also, the period of duration, of anything that is conceived of as resembling a natural organism in structure or functions; as, the life of a state, a machine, or a book; authority is the life of government. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A certain way or manner of living with respect to conditions, circumstances, character, conduct, occupation, etc.; hence, human affairs; also, lives, considered collectively, as a distinct class or type; as, low life; a good or evil life; the life of Indians, or of miners. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. That which imparts or excites spirit or vigor; that upon which enjoyment or success depends; as, he was the life of the company, or of the enterprise. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a picture or a description from the life. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many lives were sacrificed. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. An essential constituent of life, esp. the blood. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; - used as a term of endearment. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. The state of being alive; living existence; vitality; union of soul and body; a living person; as, but one life was saved; living beings collectvely; as, animal life; period between birth and death; as, all the years of a man's life; manner of living; as, a life of pleasure; a biography; as, the life of Tennyson; animation; as, to be full of life; the moving spirit; as, he was the life of the housebold. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. State of living: animate existence: union of soul and body: the period between birth and death: present state of existence: manner of living: moral conduct: animation: a living being: system of animal nature: social state: human affairs: narrative of a life: eternal happiness, also He who bestows it: a quickening principle in a moral sense:-pl. LIVES, livz. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. Animate existence; manner of living; animation; human affairs; biography. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. The state of being alive; vital principle; vitality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Animate existence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Human affairs. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Of human beings: The union of the soul and body; also, the duration of their union; sometimes, the deathless quality or existence of the soul; as, man is a creature having an immortal life. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. That state of an animal and a plant in which it is capable of performing its natural functions; animate existence; the union of soul and body; the present state of existence; the time from birth to death; period of existence; manner of living; conduct in regard to morals; course of living; source of living; soul; blood, the supposed vehicle of animation; animals in general; animal being; system of animal nature; spirit; animation; resolution; the living form; general state of man, or of social manners; rank in society; human affairs; a person; biographical narration; supreme felicity; the Author and Giver of supreme felicity; a quickening principle. See Live. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for life

  1. Want to be unhappy all your life – Dr. Adriaan by Louis Couperus
  2. I've loved it all my life – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
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