Webster 1913 Edition
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.
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.
She shows a body rather than a
The potential principle, or force, by which the organs of animals and plants are started and continued in the performance of their several and cooperative functions; the vital force, whether regarded as physical or spiritual.
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;
lifeof a state, a machine, or a book; authority is the
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;
life; a good or evil
lifeof Indians, or of miners.
That which before us lies in daily
By experience of
lifeabroad in the world.
Livesof great men all remind us
We can make our
’T is from high
lifehigh characters are drawn.
Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy.
No notion of
lifeand fire in fancy and in words.
That gives thy gestures grace and
That which imparts or excites spirit or vigor; that upon which enjoyment or success depends;
as, he was the.
lifeof the company, or of the enterprise
The living or actual form, person, thing, or state;
as, a picture or a description from, the.
A person; a living being, usually a human being;
The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively.
Full nature swarms with
An essential constituent of life, esp: the blood.
The words that I speak unto you . . . they are
John vi. 63.
lifecame issuing through the wound.
A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography;
as, Johnson wrote the.
Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity.
Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; – used as a term of endearment.
☞ Life forms the first part of many compounds, for the most part of obvious meaning; as, life-giving, life-sustaining, etc.
an annuity payable during one's life.–
an arrow, rocket, or shot, for carrying an attached line to a vessel in distress in order to save life.–
Life insurance, below.
a water-tight boat or box, traveling on a line from a wrecked vessel to the shore. In it person are hauled through the waves and surf.–
a drop of vital blood.
an estate which is held during the term of some certain person's life, but does not pass by inheritance.–
a plant with white or yellow persistent scales about the heads of the flowers, as–
Life of an execution
the period when an execution is in force, or before it expires.–
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.–
an estate or interest which lasts during one's life, or the life of another person, but does not pass by inheritance.–
land held by lease for the term of a life or lives.–
A line along any part of a vessel for the security of sailors.
A line attached to a life boat, or to any life saving apparatus, to be grasped by a person in the water.–
rate of premium for insuring a life.–
the rent of a life estate; rent or property to which one is entitled during one's life.–
a school for artists in which they model, paint, or draw from living models.–
a table showing the probability of life at different ages.–
To lose one's life,
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
Webster 1828 Edition
1.In a general sense, that state of animals and plants, or of an organized being, in which its natural functions and motions are performed, or in which its organs are capable of performing their functions. A tree is not destitute of life in winter, when the functions of its organs are suspended; nor man during a swoon or syncope; nor strictly birds, quadrupeds or serpents during their torpitude in winter. They are not strictly dead, till the functions of their organs are incapable of being renewed.
2.In animals, animation; vitality; and in man, that state of being in which the soul and body are united.
He entreated me not to take his life.
3.In plants, the state in which they grow or are capable of growth, by means of the circulation of the sap. The life of an oak may be two, three, or four hundred years.
4.The present state of existence; the time from birth to death. The life of man seldom exceeds seventy years.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1Cor. 15.
5.Manner of living; conduct; deportment, in regard to morals.
I will teach my family to lead good lives.
6.Condition; course of living, in regard to happiness and misery. We say, a man's life has been a series of prosperity, or misfortune.
7.Blood, the supposed vehicle of animation.
And the warm life came issuing through the wound.
8.Animals in general; animal being.
Full nature swarms with life.
9.System of animal nature.
Lives through all life.
10.Spirit; animation; briskness; vivacity; resolution.
They have no notion of life and fire in fancy and words.
11.The living form; real person or state; in opposition to a copy; as, a picture is taken from the life; a description from the life.
12.Exact resemblance; with to, before life.
His portrait is draw to the life.
13.General state of man, or of social manners; as the studies and arts that polish life.
14.Condition; rank in society; as high life and low life.
15.Common occurrences; course of things; human affairs.
But to know that which before us lies in daily life, is the prime wisdom.
16.A person; a living being; usually or always, a human being. How many lives were sacrificed during the revolution?
17.Narrative of a past life; history of the events of life; biographical narration. Johnson wrote the life of Milton, and the lives of other poets.
18.In Scripture, nourishment; support of life.
For the tree of the field is man's life. Deut. 20.
19.The stomach or appetite.
His life abhorreth bread. Job. 33.
20.The enjoyments or blessings of the present life.
Having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 1Tim. 4.
To be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8.
22.Eternal happiness in heaven. Romans 5.
23.Restoration to life. Romans 5.
24.The author and giver of supreme felicity.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. John 14.
25.A quickening, animating and strengthening principle, in a moral sense. John 6.
26.The state of being in force, or the term for which an instrument has legal operation; as the life of an execution.