(noun.) living things collectively; 'the oceans are teeming with life'.
(noun.) the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities; 'he could no longer cope with the complexities of life'.
(noun.) a motive for living; 'pottery was his life'.
(noun.) a living person; 'his heroism saved a life'.
(noun.) the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones; 'there is no life on the moon'.
(noun.) 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'.
(noun.) a characteristic state or mode of living; 'social life'; 'city life'; 'real life'.
(noun.) 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'.
(noun.) the period between birth and the present time; 'I have known him all his life'.
(noun.) the period from the present until death; 'he appointed himself emperor for life'.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy.
(n.) 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.
(n.) The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a picture or a description from the life.
(n.) A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many lives were sacrificed.
(n.) The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively.
(n.) An essential constituent of life, esp. the blood.
(n.) A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton.
(n.) Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity.
(n.) Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; -- used as a term of endearment.
n. . Vitality, the vital spark, the breath of life, the breath of one's nostrils.. Time from birth to death.. Animated existence.. Mode or course of living.. Conduct, deportment, behavior.. Animation, vigor, spirit, vivacity, briskness, sprightliness, activity.. Biography, memoir.. Real person, living form.. Society, social manners, human affairs, course of things.
SYN:Vitality, duration, existence, condition, conduct, animation, vivacity,personality, estate, society, morals, spirit, activity, history, career
ANT:Mortality, decease, death, non-existence, dullness, torpor, portraiture,lethargy, lifelessness
n. 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: the living form and expression living semblance: (cricket) an escape as by a missed or dropped catch:—pl. Lives (līvz).—interj. used as an oath abbreviated from God's life.—adj. Life′-and-death′ critical: desperate.—ns. Life′-annū′ity a sum paid to a person yearly during life; Life′-assur′ance Life′-insur′ance (see Insurance); Life′-belt a belt either inflated with air or with cork attached for sustaining a person in the water; Life′-blood the blood of an animal in the body: that which gives strength or life; Life′boat a boat for saving shipwrecked persons having air-chambers or the like by which it is rendered specially buoyant and sometimes self-righting; Life′-buoy a buoy intended to support a person in the water till he can be rescued; Life′-estate′ an estate held during the life of the possessor.—adjs. Life′ful (Spens.) full of vital energy; Life′-giv′ing imparting life: invigorating.—ns. Life′-guard a guard of the life or person: a guard of a prince or other dignitary; Life′-his′tory Life′-cy′cle the series of vital phenomena exhibited by an organism in its passage from the ovum to full development; Life′hold land held by lease for life; Life′-in′terest an interest lasting during one's life.—adj. Life′less dead: without vigour: insipid: sluggish.—adv. Life′lessly.—n. Life′lessness.—adj. Life′-like like a living person.—n. Life′-line a rope stretched anywhere on board a vessel for support of the sailors in difficult operations or during wild weather: a line attached to a life-buoy or lifeboat for an immersed person to seize hold of.—adj. Life′long during the length of a life.—ns. Life′-mor′tar a mortar for throwing a shot of some kind to carry a rope from the shore to a ship in distress; Life′-peer a peer whose title is not hereditary; Life′-peer′age; Life′-preserv′er an invention as a buoyant belt or jacket for the preservation of life in cases of shipwreck: a cane with a loaded head; Life′-raft a raft-like structure for use in case of shipwreck; Life′-rate rate of payment on a policy of life-insurance.—adj. Life′-ren′dering (Shak.) yielding up life.—ns. Life′rent a rent that continues for life; Life′renter one who enjoys a liferent:—fem. Life′rentrix; Life′-rock′et a rocket for carrying a line from the shore to a ship in distress.—adjs. Life′-sav′ing designed to save life esp. from drowning.—n. Life′-school a school where artists work from living models.—adjs. Life′-size similar in size to the object represented; Life′some full of life: gay lively.—ns. Life′-tā′ble a table of statistics as to the probability of life at different ages; Life′-ten′ant the owner of a life-estate: one who holds lands &c. for the term of his own or another's life; Life′-time continuation or duration of life.—adj. Life′-wea′ry (Shak.) weary of life: wretched.—n. Life′-work the work to which one's life is or is to be devoted.—Life-saving apparatus all materials appliances &c. available for preserving life in cases of shipwreck or fire.—Bring to life to restore to life one apparently dead; Come to life to be reanimated; For life for the whole period of one's existence: so as to save life: very fast or strenuously; High life the manner of living of those in high or fashionable society: the upper classes of society; Line of life (see Line); To the life very closely resembling the original: exactly drawn.
n. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay. We live in daily apprehension of its loss; yet when lost it is not missed. The question 'Is life worth living? ' has been much discussed; particularly by those who think it is not many of whom have written at great length in support of their view and by careful observance of the laws of health enjoyed for long terms of years the honors of successful controversy.
- The duties of her married life, contemplated as so great beforehand, seemed to be shrinking with the furniture and the white vapor-walled landscape. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- I have my sort of life apart from yours. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- The understanding of the place of theory in life is a comparatively new one. 沃尔特·李普曼. 政治序论.
- The lady was young, engaging, and handsome, but not marked for long life. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 双城记.
- Do you think I don't know the foulness of your sex life--and her's? 戴维·赫伯特·劳伦斯. 恋爱中的女人.
- Won't you say yes--I will devote my life to making you very happy. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 人猿泰山.
- My next words, as true as the good God is above us, will put my life into your hands. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- It an't our stations in life that changes us, Mr Clennam; thoughts is free! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 小杜丽.
- You know, I'm a stranger here, so perhaps I'm not so quick at understanding what you mean as if I'd lived all my life at Milton. 伊丽莎白·盖斯凯尔. 南方与北方.
- I never had such a night in my life! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- And education is not a mere means to such a life. 约翰·杜威. 民主与教育.
- Is it my life they seek, to atone for my religion? 沃尔特·司各特. 艾凡赫.
- In all the incidents of life we ought still to preserve our scepticism. 戴维·休谟. 人性论.
- To-morrow, loveliest and best, hope and joy of my life, to-morrow I will see thee--Fool, to dream of a moment's delay! 玛丽·雪莱. 最后一个人.
- The marriages of either were discussed; and their prospects in life canvassed with the greatest frankness and interest on both sides. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- I believe that he would have come all the way had it not been that Dr. Ferrier, who lives near me, was going down by that very train. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯回忆录.
- A Greek girl, called Helena, who lives in the Island of Fantasy. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- He touched his hat politely to the ladies, and remarked that he supposed they had never seen so many live Yankees before in their lives. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- No, John Carter, it is useless, she cried, hopelessly, I may never be yours while Sab Than lives. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 火星公主.
- Are we to be exposed to this unnatural conduct every moment of our lives? 查尔斯·狄更斯. 小杜丽.
- You will ruin no more lives as you have ruined mine. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- Your officer, Captain Dufranne, is one of them, and the forest man who has saved the lives of every member of my father's party is the other. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 人猿泰山.
- There are some events surely in all men's lives, I replied, the memory of which they would be unwilling entirely to lose? 威尔基·柯林斯. 月亮宝石.
- Therefore, those who had died at his hands must have seen him and paid the penalty with their lives. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 人猿泰山.
- Who lives here? 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- Damn the beast, if he had as many lives as a cat, he would owe them all to me! 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- Before a lobster is cooked he is green, that being the color of the rocks around which he lives on the bottom of the ocean. 佚名. 神奇的知识之书.
- There were a thousand lives to save, but it was of only one that I was thinking when I dropped over the wall that night. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯回忆录.
- But he lives unknown in England, he is no Marquis there; he is Mr. Charles Darnay. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 双城记.
- I would call on her, in spite of the devil; but that I know not where she lives. 哈里特·威尔逊. 哈里特·威尔逊回忆录.