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life
  • n  a characteristic state or mode of living
    social life
    city life
    real life
  • n  the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
    he could no longer cope with the complexities of life
  • 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  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
  • n  a living person
    his heroism saved a 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  living things collectively
    the oceans are teeming with life
  • n  the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones
    there is no life on the moon
  • 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 prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
    he got life for killing the guard
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life-of-man
  • n  unarmed woody rhizomatous perennial plant distinguished from wild sarsaparilla by more aromatic roots and panicled umbels; southeastern North America to Mexico
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life-style
  • n  a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
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life-support system
  • n  equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditions
  • n  medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive
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life-time
  • n  the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death)
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life assurance
  • n  insurance paid to named beneficiaries when the insured person dies
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life belt
  • n  belt attaching you to some object as a restraint in order to prevent you from getting hurt
  • n  a life preserver in the form of a ring of buoyant material
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life buoy
  • n  a life preserver in the form of a ring of buoyant material
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life cycle
  • n  a series of stages through which an organism passes between recurrences of a primary stage
  • n  the course of developmental changes in an organism from fertilized zygote to maturity when another zygote can be produced
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life estate
  • n  (law) an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it
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life expectancy
  • n  an expected time to live as calculated on the basis of statistical probabilities
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life force
  • n  (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
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life form
  • n  the characteristic bodily form of a mature organism
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life history
  • n  an account of the series of events making up a person's life
  • n  the general progression of your working or professional life
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life insurance
  • n  insurance paid to named beneficiaries when the insured person dies
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life jacket
  • n  life preserver consisting of a sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable design
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life line
  • n  a crease on the palm; its length is said by palmists to indicate how long you will live
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