English - Etymology
From Middle English lif, lyf, from Old English līf (“life, existence; life-time”), from Proto-Germanic *lībą (“life, body”), from Proto-Germanic *lībaną (“to remain, stay, be left”), from Proto-Indo-European *leyp-, *lip- (“to stick, glue”). Cognate with Scots life, leif (“life”), North Frisian liff (“life, limb, person, livelihood”), West Frisian liif (“belly, abdomen”), Dutch lijf (“body”), Low German lif (“body; life, life-force; waist”), German Leib (“body”), Swedish liv (“life; waist”), Icelandic líf (“life”). Related to belive.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
The state that follows birth, and precedes death; the state of being alive and living.
- Having experienced both, the vampire decided that he preferred (un)death to life. He gave up on life.
(heading) A period of time.
The period during which one (a person, an animal, a plant, a star) is alive.
- 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, chapterIV:
- 1916, Ezra Meeker, The Busy Life of Eighty-Five Years of Ezra Meeker
- The span of time during which an object operates.
- The period of time during which an object is recognizable.
- (colloquial) A life sentence; a term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death.
- The period during which one (a person, an animal, a plant, a star) is alive.
(heading) Personal existence.
(philosophy) The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs,
The Land That Time Forgot, Ch.VI:
- " […] I realize as never before how cheap and valueless a thing is life. Life seems a joke, a cruel, grim joke. You are a laughable incident or a terrifying one as you happen to be less powerful or more powerful than some other form of life which crosses your path; but as a rule you are of no moment whatsoever to anything but yourself. You are a comic little figure, hopping from the cradle to the grave. Yes, that is our trouble—we take ourselves too seriously; but Caprona should be a sure cure for that." She paused and laughed.
- 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot, Ch.VI:
- (phenomenology) The subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
- The world in general; existence.
- A worthwhile existence.
- Animation; spirit; vivacity.
The most lively component or participant.
- 1970, Mathuram Bhoothalingam, The finger on the lute: the story of Mahakavi Subramania Bharati, National Council of Educational Research and Training, p.87:
- 1998, Monica F. Cohen, Professional domesticity in the Victorian novel: Women, work and home, Cambridge University Press, page 32:
- Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc.
- (informal) Social life.
- (philosophy) The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.