'LIFE' definitions:

Definition of 'life'

(from WordNet)
A characteristic state or mode of living; "social life"; "city life"; "real life"
The experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities; "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life" [syn: life, living]
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"
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" [syn: animation, life, living, aliveness]
The period during which something is functional (as between birth and death); "the battery had a short life"; "he lived a long and happy life" [syn: life, lifetime, life-time, lifespan]
The period between birth and the present time; "I have known him all his life"
The period from the present until death; "he appointed himself emperor for life"
A living person; "his heroism saved a life"
Animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it" [syn: liveliness, life, spirit, sprightliness]
Living things collectively; "the oceans are teeming with life"
The organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones; "there is no life on the moon"
An account of the series of events making up a person's life [syn: biography, life, life story, life history]
A motive for living; "pottery was his life"
A prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives; "he got life for killing the guard" [syn: life sentence, life]

Definition of 'Life'

  • Life \Life\ (l[imac]f), n.; pl. Lives (l[imac]vz). [AS. l[imac]f; akin to D. lijf body, G. leib body, MHG. l[imac]p life, body, OHG. l[imac]b life, Icel. l[imac]f, life, body, Sw. lif, Dan. liv, and E. live, v. [root]119. See Live, and cf. Alive.]
  • 1. 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. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. 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. [1913 Webster]
  • She shows a body rather than a life. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
  • 3. (Philos.) 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. [1913 Webster]
  • 4. 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. [1913 Webster]
  • 5. 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. [1913 Webster]
  • That which before us lies in daily life. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
  • By experience of life abroad in the world. --Ascham. [1913 Webster]
  • Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]
  • 'T is from high life high characters are drawn. --Pope [1913 Webster]
  • 6. Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy. [1913 Webster]
  • No notion of life and fire in fancy and in words. --Felton. [1913 Webster]
  • That gives thy gestures grace and life. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]
  • 7. 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. [1913 Webster]
  • 8. The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a picture or a description from, the life. [1913 Webster]
  • 9. A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many lives were sacrificed. [1913 Webster]
  • 10. The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively. [1913 Webster]
  • Full nature swarms with life. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]
  • 11. An essential constituent of life, esp: the blood. [1913 Webster]
  • The words that I speak unto you . . . they are life. --John vi. 63. [1913 Webster]
  • The warm life came issuing through the wound. --Pope [1913 Webster]
  • 12. A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton. [1913 Webster]
  • 13. Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity. [1913 Webster]
  • 14. Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; -- used as a term of endearment. [1913 Webster]
  • Note: Life forms the first part of many compounds, for the most part of obvious meaning; as, life-giving, life-sustaining, etc. [1913 Webster]
  • Life annuity, an annuity payable during one's life.
  • Life arrow, Life rocket, Life shot, an arrow, rocket, or shot, for carrying an attached line to a vessel in distress in order to save life.
  • Life assurance. See Life insurance, below.
  • Life buoy. See Buoy.
  • Life car, a water-tight boat or box, traveling on a line from a wrecked vessel to the shore. In it person are hauled through the waves and surf.
  • Life drop, a drop of vital blood. --Byron.
  • Life estate (Law), an estate which is held during the term of some certain person's life, but does not pass by inheritance.
  • Life everlasting (Bot.), a plant with white or yellow persistent scales about the heads of the flowers, as Antennaria, and Gnaphalium; cudweed.
  • Life of an execution (Law), the period when an execution is in force, or before it expires.
  • Life guard. (Mil.) See under Guard.
  • Life insurance, the act or system of insuring against death; a contract by which the insurer undertakes, in consideration of the payment of a premium (usually at stated periods), to pay a stipulated sum in the event of the death of the insured or of a third person in whose life the insured has an interest.
  • Life interest, an estate or interest which lasts during one's life, or the life of another person, but does not pass by inheritance.
  • Life land (Law), land held by lease for the term of a life or lives.
  • Life line. (a) (Naut.) A line along any part of a vessel for the security of sailors. (b) A line attached to a life boat, or to any life saving apparatus, to be grasped by a person in the water.
  • Life rate, rate of premium for insuring a life.
  • Life rent, the rent of a life estate; rent or property to which one is entitled during one's life.
  • Life school, a school for artists in which they model, paint, or draw from living models.
  • Lifetable, a table showing the probability of life at different ages.
  • To lose one's life, to die.
  • To seek the life of, to seek to kill.
  • To the life, so as closely to resemble the living person or the subject; as, the portrait was drawn to the life. [1913 Webster]

Definition of 'life'

From: Easton
  • Life generally of physical life (Gen. 2:7; Luke 16:25, etc.); also used figuratively (1) for immortality (Heb. 7:16); (2) conduct or manner of life (Rom. 6:4); (3) spiritual life or salvation (John 3:16, 17, 18, 36); (4) eternal life (Matt. 19:16, 17; John 3:15); of God and Christ as the absolute source and cause of all life (John 1:4; 5:26, 39; 11:25; 12:50).

Synonyms of 'life'

From: Moby Thesaurus

Acronyms for 'life'

From: V.E.R.A.
  • Laboratory for International Fuzzy Engineering [research] (MITI)
  • Logistics Interface For manufacturing Environment

Words containing 'LIFE'