(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'.

彻姬塔编辑--From WordNet


(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. [1]. Vitality, the vital spark, the breath of life, the breath of one's nostrils.[2]. Time from birth to death.[3]. Animated existence.[4]. Mode or course of living.[5]. Conduct, deportment, behavior.[6]. Animation, vigor, spirit, vivacity, briskness, sprightliness, activity.[7]. Biography, memoir.[8]. Real person, living form.[9]. 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.





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