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life (n.)

古英语 life (dative lif )"有生命的肉体存在;一生,从出生到死亡之间的时期;个人从出生到死亡的历史,对一个人一生的书面记载;生活方式(好的或坏的);作为活物的条件,与死亡相反。上帝通过基督传授给信徒的精神存在,"来自于原日耳曼语 *leiban (也是古北欧语 lif "生命、身体"、古弗里斯兰语、古撒克逊语 lif "生命、人、身体"、荷兰语 lijf "身体"、古高德语 lib "生命"、德语 Leib "身体"的来源),恰当地说是"延续、坚持",来自于PIE根 *leip- "坚持、坚持"。"

live (v.)"活着"相关的名词,字面意思是"继续、保持"。1703年扩展到无生命的物体,"期限或存在"。"生命力,行动、表达等方面的能量"的意义来自1580年代。意为"人类生存、快乐或追求世界或社会的显著活跃部分",是到1770年代。意为"生活的原因或源泉",导致了"活泼的或起动的原则"的意义,因此"使事物保持活泼的人"在。 life of the party (1787).意为"无期徒刑,无期徒刑"是从1903年开始的。与16世纪40年代的 limb ,配成连词。 Not on your life "绝不"的意思是从1896年开始考证的。

在博弈中,一个角色在游戏中的额外回合;这种转移的用法是由玩牌(1806年)、台球(1856年)等中的用法所预示的,指一定数量的机会或所需对象,没有这些机会或对象,一个人在游戏中的回合就失败了。 The life "活体或模型、半身像"出自1590年代。 Life-and-death "极其重要"出自1822年。 life-or-death (副词)是1897年的 Life-jacket 是来自1840年。 life-preserver 从1630年代的任何东西,是为了挽救生命, 1803年的设备穿,以防止溺水。 Life-saver 是从1883年,从1909年的形象化使用,作为一个品牌的硬糖糖从1912年,所以称为形状。

Life-form 是来自1861年。 life-cycle 是从1855年。 life-expectancy 从1847年。 life-history 在生物学中,从1870年开始。 life-science 从1935年开始 Life-work "一个人一生所从事的劳动"是从1848年开始的。表达方式 this is the life 是1919年的,耸耸肩 that's life 是1924年的(更早的 such is life ,1778年)。

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Definitions of life from WordNet

life (n.)
a characteristic state or mode of living;
social life
real life
city life
life (n.)
the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities;
he could no longer cope with the complexities of life
Synonyms: living
life (n.)
the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living;
get a life!" "he is trying to rebuild his life
he hoped for a new life in Australia
he wanted to live his own life without interference from others
life (n.)
the condition of living or the state of being alive;
life depends on many chemical and physical processes
while there's life there's hope
Synonyms: animation / living / aliveness
life (n.)
the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death);
he lived a long and happy life
the battery had a short life
Synonyms: lifetime / life-time / lifespan
life (n.)
the period between birth and the present time;
I have known him all his life
life (n.)
the period from the present until death;
he appointed himself emperor for life
life (n.)
a living person;
his heroism saved a life
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
Synonyms: liveliness / spirit / sprightliness
life (n.)
living things collectively;
the oceans are teeming with life
life (n.)
the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones;
there is no life on the moon
life (n.)
an account of the series of events making up a person's life;
Synonyms: biography / life story / life history
life (n.)
a motive for living;
pottery was his life
life (n.)
a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives;
he got life for killing the guard
Synonyms: life sentence
From wordnet.princeton.edu