- The definition of life is a lifetime.
An example of life is the prison sentence that Charles Manson is serving.
- Life is defined as the quality of plants and animals that makes them different than dead organisms, or a collection of things that are alive.
- An example of life is a person who is breathing, walking and talking.
- An example of life is a plant with green leaves still rooted in the ground.
- An example of life is all the plants living in a pond.
This is life.
- that property or quality of plants and animals that distinguishes them from inorganic matter or dead organisms; specif., the cellular biochemical activity or processes of an organism, characterized by the ingestion of nutrients, the storage and use of energy, the excretion of wastes, growth, reproduction, etc.
- this activity, or the state of possessing this property: brought back to life
- a living being, esp. a human being: the lives lost in wars
- living things collectively, often of a specified kind: plant life
- the time a person or thing is alive or exists, or a specific portion of such time: his early life
- a sentence of imprisonment for the rest of one's life
- one's manner of living: a life of ease
- the activities of a given time or in a given setting, and the people who take part in them: military life
- lives considered together as belonging to a certain class or type: high life
- an individual's animate existence
- an account of this; biography
- a specific aspect of an individual's activities: her love life
- the existence of the soul: eternal life
- something essential to the continued existence of something else: freedom of speech is the life of democracy
- the source of vigor or liveliness: the life of the party
- vigor; liveliness; animation; vivacity
- the period of flourishing, usefulness, etc.; period during which anything lasts: fads have a short life
- another chance
- Fine Arts
- a lifelike quality or appearance
- representation from living models: a class in life
Origin of lifeMiddle English ; from Old English līf, akin to Old Norse líf, life, German leib, body ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leibh-, to live
- for a lifetime: a life sentence
- of or relating to the property of life: life processes
- using live models: a life class in art
a matter of life and death
- something whose outcome determines whether a person lives or dies
- any extremely important matter
as large as lifeor as big as life
- in actual fact; truly
bring to life
- to bring back to consciousness
- to make lively; animate
come to life
- to recover consciousness
- to become lively or animated
for dear life
- for the duration of one's life
- in order to save one's life
for the life of me
not on your life☆
take one's (own) life
the lifeor the Life☆
the life of Riley☆
to the life
true to life
nounpl. lives lives
- a. 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.b. The characteristic state or condition of a living organism.
- Living organisms considered as a group: plant life; marine life.
- A living being, especially a person: an earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives.
- The physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence: the artistic life of a writer.
- a. The interval of time between birth and death: She led a good, long life.b. The interval of time between one's birth and the present: has had hay fever all his life.c. A particular segment of one's life: my adolescent life.d. The period from an occurrence until death: elected for life; paralyzed for life.e. Slang A sentence of imprisonment lasting till death.
- The time for which something exists or functions: the useful life of a car.
- A spiritual state regarded as a transcending of corporeal death.
- An account of a person's life; a biography.
- Human existence, relationships, or activity in general: real life; everyday life.
- a. A manner of living: led a hard life.b. 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).c. The activities and interests of a particular area or realm: musical life in New York.
- a. A source of vitality; an animating force: She's the life of the show.b. Liveliness or vitality; animation: a face that is full of life.
- a. Something that actually exists regarded as a subject for an artist: painted from life.b. Actual environment or reality; nature.
- Of or relating to animate existence; involved in or necessary for living: life processes.
- Continuing for a lifetime; lifelong: life partner; life imprisonment.
- Using a living model as a subject for an artist: a life sculpture.
Origin of lifeMiddle English, from Old English līf; see leip- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural lives)
- The state that follows birth, and precedes death; the state of being alive and living.
- He gave up on life.
- Having experienced both, the vampire decided that he preferred (un)death to life.
- The period during which one (a person, an animal, a plant, a star) is alive.
- 1916, Ezra Meeker, The Busy Life of Eighty-Five Years of Ezra Meeker
- A living being.
- Many lives were lost during the war.
- The span of time during which an object operates.
- This light bulb is designed to have a life of 2,000 hours.
- The period of time during which an object is recognizable.
- The life of this milk carton may be thousands of years in this landfill.
- (biology) A status given to any entity including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. — and sometimes viruses — having the properties of replication and metabolism.
- (philosophy) The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
- (phenomenology) The subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
- The world in general; existence.
- Man's life on this planet has been marked by continual conflict.
- A worthwhile existence.
- He gets up early in the morning, works all day long — even on weekends — and hardly sees his family. That's no life!
- His life was ruined by drugs.
- (usually of a person) The most worthwhile component or participant.
- A biography.
- His life of the founder is finished, except for the title.
- Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc.
- She's my love, my life.
- (colloquial) A life sentence; a term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death.
- (informal) social life
- Get a life.
- (video games) One of the player's chances to play, lost when a mistake is made.
- Scoring 1000 points is rewarded with an extra life.
From Middle English lif, lyf, from Old English līf (“life, existence; life-time”), from Proto-Germanic *lībą (“life, body”), from Proto-Germanic *lībaną (“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.
- (Christian Science) God.