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Meaning of LIFE

Pronunciation:  lIf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  living things collectively; "the oceans are teeming with life"
  2. [n]  animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
  3. [n]  the experience of living; the course of human events and activities; "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
  4. [n]  an account of the series of events making up a person's life
  5. [n]  a motive for living; "pottery was his life"
  6. [n]  a living person; "his heroism saved a life"
  7. [n]  the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones; "there is no life on the moon"
  8. [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"
  9. [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"
  10. [n]  a characteristic state or mode of living; "social life"; "city life"; "real life"
  11. [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"
  12. [n]  the period between birth and the present time; "I have known him all his life"
  13. [n]  the period from the present until death; "he appointed himself emperor for life"

LIFE is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: aliveness, animation, biography, life history, life story, lifespan, lifetime, liveliness, living, living, spirit, sprightliness
 See Also: account, aerobiosis, afterlife, age, airiness, alacrity, animate thing, animation, autobiography, being, beingness, biology, birth, breeziness, brio, briskness, buoyancy, chronicle, days, death, delicacy, demise, dying, ebullience, elan, eld, endurance, energy, enthusiasm, esprit, eternal life, existence, experience, exuberance, ginger, hagiography, hereafter, high-spiritedness, history, human, individual, invigoration, irrepressibility, jauntiness, life eternal, life expectancy, living thing, mortal, motivation, motive, need, organic phenomenon, past, pep, peppiness, period, period of time, person, profile, skin, somebody, someone, soul, spiritedness, story, survival, time of life, time period, vigor, vigour, vim, vivification, wildlife, years



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

6. Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy.

         No notion of life and fire in fancy and in words.

         That gives thy gestures grace and life.

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, esp. the blood.

          The words that I speak unto you . . . they are
          life.                                --John vi. 63.

          The warm life came issuing through the wound.

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.

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

{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.

Computing Dictionary
  1. Logic of Inheritance, Functions and Equations.

    An object-oriented, functional, constraint-based language by Hassan Ait-Kacy <[email protected]> et al of mcc, Austin TX, 1987. LIFE integrates ideas from login and lefun.

    Mailing list: [email protected]

    See also wild_life.

    ["Is There a Meaning to LIFE?", H. Ait-Kacy et al, Intl Conf on Logic Prog, 1991].

    [jargon file]

  2. The first popular cellular automata based artificial life "game". Life was invented by British mathematician john horton conway in 1970 and was first introduced publicly in "Scientific American" later that year.

    Conway first devised what he called "The Game of Life" and "ran" it using plates placed on floor tiles in his house. Because of he ran out of floor space and kept stepping on the plates, he later moved to doing it on paper or on a checkerboard, and then moved to running Life as a computer program on a pdp-7. That first implementation of Life as a computer program was written by M. J. T. Guy and s. r. bourne (the author of unix's bourne shell).

    Life uses a rectangular grid of binary (live or dead) cells each of which is updated at each step according to the previous state of its eight neighbours as follows: a live cell with less than two, or more than three, live neighbours dies. A dead cell with exactly three neighbours becomes alive. Other cells do not change.

    While the rules are fairly simple, the patterns that can arise are of a complexity resembling that of organic systems -- hence the name "Life".

    Many hackers pass through a stage of fascination with Life, and hackers at various places contributed heavily to the mathematical analysis of this game (most notably bill gosper at mit, who even implemented Life in teco!; see gosperism). When a hacker mentions "life", he is more likely to mean this game than the magazine, the breakfast cereal, the 1950s-era board game or the human state of existence.



    ["Scientific American" 223, October 1970, p120-123, 224; February 1971 p121-117, Martin Gardner].

    ["The Garden in The Machine: the Emerging Science of Artificial Life", Claus Emmeche, 1994].

    ["Winning Ways, For Your Mathematical Plays", Elwyn R. Berlekamp, John Horton Conway and Richard K. Guy, 1982].

    ["The Recursive Universe: Cosmic Complexity and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge", William Poundstone, 1985].

    [jargon file]

  3. The opposite of usenet. As in "get a life!"

    [jargon file]

Easton Bible Dictionary

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).

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