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[n] living things collectively; "the oceans are teeming with life"
[n] animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
[n] the experience of living; the course of human events and activities; "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
[n] an account of the series of events making up a person's life
[n] a motive for living; "pottery was his life"
[n] a living person; "his heroism saved a life"
[n] the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones; "there is no life on the moon"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] a characteristic state or mode of living; "social life"; "city life"; "real life"
[n] 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"
[n] the period between birth and the present time; "I have known him all his life"
[n] the period from the present until death; "he appointed himself emperor for life"

Misc. Definitions

\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]11
9. 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 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. She shows a body rather than a life. --Shak.
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 co["o]perative 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. 1
1. An essential constituent of life, esp. the blood. The words that I speak unto you . . . they are life. --John vi. 6
3. The warm life came issuing through the wound. --Pope 1
2. A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton. 1
3. Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity. 1
4. Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; -- used as a term of endearment. Note: 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 persons 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}, the 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. {Life table}, 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.

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