Definition of Life

1. Noun. A characteristic state or mode of living. "Real life"

Generic synonyms: Being, Beingness, Existence
Specialized synonyms: Ghetto

2. Noun. The experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities. "He could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
Exact synonyms: Living
Generic synonyms: Experience
Derivative terms: Live

3. Noun. The course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living. "He wanted to live his own life without interference from others"
Generic synonyms: Being, Beingness, Existence

4. Noun. The condition of living or the state of being alive. "Life depends on many chemical and physical processes"
Exact synonyms: Aliveness, Animation, Living
Generic synonyms: Being, Beingness, Existence
Specialized synonyms: Eternal Life, Life Eternal, Skin, Endurance, Survival
Attributes: Alive, Live, Dead
Derivative terms: Alive, Alive, Alive, Lifer, Live

5. Noun. The period during which something is functional (as between birth and death). "He lived a long and happy life"
Exact synonyms: Life-time, Lifespan, Lifetime
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Terms within: Birth, Death, Demise, Dying, Time Of Life, Age, Eld
Specialized synonyms: Afterlife, Hereafter
Derivative terms: Lifer

6. Noun. The period between birth and the present time. "I have known him all his life"
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Terms within: Past

7. Noun. The period from the present until death. "He appointed himself emperor for life"
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Specialized synonyms: Days, Years
Derivative terms: Lifer

8. Noun. A living person. "His heroism saved a life"
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul

9. Noun. Animation and energy in action or expression. "It was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"

10. Noun. Living things collectively. "The oceans are teeming with life"
Generic synonyms: Animate Thing, Living Thing
Specialized synonyms: Wildlife

11. Noun. The organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones. "There is no life on the moon"
Generic synonyms: Organic Phenomenon
Specialized synonyms: Biology, Aerobiosis

12. Noun. An account of the series of events making up a person's life.
Exact synonyms: Biography, Life History, Life Story
Generic synonyms: Account, Chronicle, History, Story
Specialized synonyms: Autobiography, Hagiography, Profile
Specialized synonyms: Parallel Lives
Derivative terms: Biographer, Biographical

13. Noun. A motive for living. "Pottery was his life"
Generic synonyms: Motivation, Motive, Need

14. Noun. A prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives. "He got life for killing the guard"
Exact synonyms: Life Sentence
Generic synonyms: Prison Term, Sentence, Time
Derivative terms: Lifer

Definition of Life

1. 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.

Definition of Life

1. Proper noun. (context: Christian Science) God. ¹

2. Noun. The state that follows birth, and precedes death; the state of being alive and living. ¹

3. Noun. The period during which one (a person, an animal, a plant, a star) is alive. ¹

4. Noun. The span of time during which an object operates. ¹

5. Noun. The period of time during which an object is recognizable. ¹

6. Noun. (biology) A status given to any entity including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. — and sometimes viruses — having the properties of replication and metabolism. ¹

7. Noun. (philosophy) The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being. ¹

8. Noun. (context: phenomenology) the subjective and inner manifestation of the individual. ¹

9. Noun. The world in general; existence. ¹

10. Noun. A worthwhile existence. ¹

11. Noun. (usually of a person) The most worthwhile component or participant ¹

12. Noun. A biography. ¹

13. Noun. Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc. ¹

14. Noun. (colloquial) A life sentence; a term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death. ¹

15. Noun. (video games) One of the player's chances to play, lost when a mistake is made. ¹

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Definition of Life

1. the quality that distinguishes animals and plants from inanimate matter [n LIVES]

Medical Definition of Life

1. Origin: AS. Lf; akin to D. Lijf body, G. Leib body, MHG. Lp life, body, OHG. Lb life, Icel. Lf, life, body, Sw. Lif, Dan. Liv, and E. Live, v. 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. 2. Of human being: 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. "She shows a body rather than a life." (Shak) 3. 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. 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. 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. "That which before us lies in daily life." (Milton) "By experience of life abroad in the world." (Ascham) "Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime." (Longfellow) "'T is from high life high characters are drawn." (Pope) 6. Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy. "No notion of life and fire in fancy and in words." (Felton) "That gives thy gestures grace and life." (Wordsworth) 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. 8. The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a picture or a description from, the life. 9. A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many lives were sacrificed. 10. The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively. "Full nature swarms with life." (Thomson) 11. An essential constituent of life, especially: the blood. "The words that I speak unto you . . . They are life." (John vi. 63) "The warm life came issuing through the wound." (Pope) 12. A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton. 13. Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity. 14. Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; used as a term of endearment. Life forms the first part of many compounds, for the most part of obvious meaning; as, life-giving, life-sustaining, etc. 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. Life estate A line along any part of a vessel for the security of sailors. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Life

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