(1)   Living things collectively
"The oceans are teeming with life"
(2)   Animation and energy in action or expression
"It was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
(3)   The experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
"He could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
(4)   An account of the series of events making up a person's life
(5)   A motive for living
"Pottery was his life"
(6)   A living person
"His heroism saved a life"
(7)   The organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones
"There is no life on the moon"
(8)   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)   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)   A characteristic state or mode of living
"Social life"
"City life"
"Real life"
(11)   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)   The period between birth and the present time
"I have known him all his life"
(13)   The period from the present until death
"He appointed himself emperor for life"
(14)   A prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
"He got life for killing the guard"


, from , from . Cognate with Dutch , German , Swedish .


  1. The state that follows birth and precedes death and or conception.
  2. A status given to any entity including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. — and sometimes viruses — having the properties of replication and metabolism.
  3. The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
  4. the subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
  5. The world in general; existence.
    Man's life on this planet has been marked by continual conflict.
  6. A worthwhile existence.
    He gets up early in the morning, works all day long — even on weekends — and hardly sees his family. That's no life!
  7. A biography.
    His life of the founder is finished, except for the title.
  8. Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc.
    She's my love, my life.
  9. A life sentence; a term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death.
  10. The span of time during which an object operates.
    This light bulb is designed to have a life of 2,000 hours.
  11. The period of time during which an object is recognizable.
    The life of this milk carton may be thousands of years in this landfill.
  12. One of the player's chances to play, lost when a mistake is made.
    Scoring 1000 points is rewarded with an extra life.


1994: Violet Quill, Robert Ferro:
  • Most things in life, including life itself, seemed to have articulated sections, discrete and separate and straightforward.