Webster 1913 Edition
Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions;
as, an animal or a plant which is.
In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent;
as, to keep the fire
alive; to keep the affections
Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged.
The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was
alivewith muskets and green boughs.
Sprightly; lively; brisk.
Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.
aliveto nature’s laws.
Of all living (by way of emphasis).
Northumberland was the proudest man
Used colloquially as an intensive; as, man alive!
☞ Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions, and the fluids move, whether in animals or vegetables; as, the man or plant is alive.
2.In a state of action; unextinguished; undestroyed; unexpired; in force or operation; as, keep the process alive.
3.Cheerful; sprightly; lively; full of alacrity; as, the company were all alive.
4.Susceptible; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as when the mind is solicitous about some event; as, one is alive to whatever is interesting to a friend.
5.Exhibiting motion or moving bodies in great numbers.
The city was all alive, when the General entered.
6.In a scriptural sense, regenerated; born again.
For this my son was dead and is alive. Luke 15.
[This adjective always follows the noun which it qualifies.]