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 for life
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Life \Life\ (l[imac]f), n.; pl. Lives (l[imac]vz). [AS.
     l[imac]f; akin to D. lijf body, G. leib body, MHG. l[imac]p
     life, body, OHG. l[imac]b life, Icel. l[imac]f, life, body,
     Sw. lif, Dan. liv, and E. live, v. [root]119. See Live, and
     cf. Alive.]
     1. 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.
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     2. 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 life.
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              She shows a body rather than a life.  --Shak.
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     3. (Philos.) 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.
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     4. 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; as, the life of a state, a machine, or a book;
        authority is the life of government.
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     5. 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; as, low life; a
        good or evil life; the life of Indians, or of miners.
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              That which before us lies in daily life. --Milton.
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              By experience of life abroad in the world. --Ascham.
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              Lives of great men all remind us
              We can make our lives sublime.        --Longfellow.
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              'T is from high life high characters are drawn.
                                                    --Pope
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     6. Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy.
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              No notion of life and fire in fancy and in words.
                                                    --Felton.
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              That gives thy gestures grace and life.
                                                    --Wordsworth.
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     7. That which imparts or excites spirit or vigor; that upon
        which enjoyment or success depends; as, he was the life of
        the company, or of the enterprise.
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     8. The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a
        picture or a description from, the life.
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     9. A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many
        lives were sacrificed.
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     10. The system of animal nature; animals in general, or
         considered collectively.
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               Full nature swarms with life.        --Thomson.
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     11. An essential constituent of life, esp: the blood.
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               The words that I speak unto you . . . they are
               life.                                --John vi. 63.
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               The warm life came issuing through the wound.
                                                    --Pope
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     12. A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography;
         as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton.
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     13. Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a
         spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God;
         heavenly felicity.
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     14. Something dear to one as one's existence; a darling; --
         used as a term of endearment.
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     Note: Life forms the first part of many compounds, for the
           most part of obvious meaning; as, life-giving,
           life-sustaining, etc.
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     Life annuity, an annuity payable during one's life.
  
     Life arrow, Life rocket, Life shot, an arrow, rocket,
        or shot, for carrying an attached line to a vessel in
        distress in order to save life.
  
     Life assurance. See Life insurance, below.
  
     Life buoy. See Buoy.
  
     Life car, 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.
  
     Life drop, a drop of vital blood. --Byron.
  
     Life estate (Law), an estate which is held during the term
        of some certain person's life, but does not pass by
        inheritance.
  
     Life everlasting (Bot.), a plant with white or yellow
        persistent scales about the heads of the flowers, as
        Antennaria, and Gnaphalium; cudweed.
  
     Life of an execution (Law), the period when an execution is
        in force, or before it expires.
  
     Life guard. (Mil.) See under Guard.
  
     Life insurance, 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.
  
     Life interest, an estate or interest which lasts during
        one's life, or the life of another person, but does not
        pass by inheritance.
  
     Life land (Law), land held by lease for the term of a life
        or lives.
  
     Life line.
         (a) (Naut.) A line along any part of a vessel for the
             security of sailors.
         (b) A line attached to a life boat, or to any life saving
             apparatus, to be grasped by a person in the water.
  
     Life rate, rate of premium for insuring a life.
  
     Life rent, the rent of a life estate; rent or property to
        which one is entitled during one's life.
  
     Life school, a school for artists in which they model,
        paint, or draw from living models.
  
     Lifetable, a table showing the probability of life at
        different ages.
  
     To lose one's life, to die.
  
     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  life
      n 1: a characteristic state or mode of living; "social life";
           "city life"; "real life"
      2: the experience of being alive; the course of human events and
         activities; "he could no longer cope with the complexities of
         life" [syn: life, living]
      3: 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"
      4: 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" [syn: animation, life, living,
         aliveness]
      5: 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" [syn: life, lifetime, life-time,
         lifespan]
      6: the period between birth and the present time; "I have known
         him all his life"
      7: the period from the present until death; "he appointed
         himself emperor for life"
      8: a living person; "his heroism saved a life"
      9: animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy
         play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it" [syn:
         liveliness, life, spirit, sprightliness]
      10: living things collectively; "the oceans are teeming with
          life"
      11: the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms
          from nonliving ones; "there is no life on the moon"
      12: an account of the series of events making up a person's life
          [syn: biography, life, life story, life history]
      13: a motive for living; "pottery was his life"
      14: a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives; "he got
          life for killing the guard" [syn: life sentence, life]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  235 Moby Thesaurus words for "life":
     Adamite, Clio, Muse of history, activator, activity, adventures,
     affairs, age, alacrity, an existence, animal spirits, animation,
     animator, annals, anxiety, anxiousness, appetite, ardor, arouser,
     autobiography, avidity, avidness, being, biographical sketch,
     biography, body, bounce, breathless impatience, breeziness, brio,
     briskness, bubbliness, capersomeness, case history, cat, chap,
     character, cheerful readiness, chronicle, chronicles, chronology,
     circumstances, coltishness, compulsion, concerns,
     condition of things, conditions, confessions, creature, critter,
     curriculum vitae, customer, dash, dazzle, dealings, diary, doings,
     duck, duration, eagerness, earthling, ebullience, effervescence,
     elan, elan vital, elasticity, energizer, energy, ens, entelechy,
     enthusiasm, entity, esprit, esse, essence, existence, experiences,
     exuberance, fellow, fixation, flair, flavor, fortunes, forwardness,
     freshness, friskiness, frolicsomeness, gaiety, gamesomeness,
     gayness, generation, get-up-and-go, glow, goings-on, groundling,
     gust, gusto, guy, hagiography, hagiology, hand, head, heartiness,
     historiography, history, homo, human, human being, human dynamo,
     impatience, impetuosity, impetus, individual, joie de vivre, joker,
     journal, keen desire, keenness, legend, life and letters,
     life story, lifeblood, lifetime, liveliness, living, living soul,
     lustiness, man, march of events, martyrology, materiality, matters,
     memoir, memoirs, memorabilia, memorial, memorials, mettle, monad,
     mortal, motivating force, motive power, moving spirit, moxie,
     necrology, nose, obituary, object, obsession, occurrence, one,
     oomph, organism, party, passion, pep, peppiness,
     period of existence, perkiness, person, persona, personage,
     personality, pertness, photobiography, piss and vinegar, pizzazz,
     playfulness, preoccupation, presence, proceedings, profile,
     promptness, pungency, quickness, readiness, record, relations,
     resilience, restorative, resume, robustness, rollicksomeness,
     rompishness, run of things, sentience, single, skittishness,
     somebody, someone, something, soul, spark of life, spark plug,
     sparkle, spirit, spiritedness, spirits, sportiveness,
     sprightliness, spring, state of affairs, stimulant, stimulator,
     stimulus, story, subsistence, substantiality, survival, sustenance,
     tellurian, terran, the times, the world, theory of history, thing,
     time, tonic, unit, verve, viability, vigor, vim, vital spark,
     vitality, vivaciousness, vivacity, warmth, way of life,
     what happens, worldling, zest, zestfulness, zing, zip
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  LIFE
         Laboratory for International Fuzzy Engineering [research] (MITI)
         

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  LIFE
         Logistics Interface For manufacturing Environment
         

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  life
   n.
  
      1. A cellular-automata game invented by John Horton Conway and first
      introduced publicly by Martin Gardner (Scientific American, October 1970);
      the game's popularity had to wait a few years for computers on which it
      could reasonably be played, as it's no fun to simulate the cells by hand.
      Many hackers pass through a stage of fascination with it, and hackers at
      various places contributed heavily to the mathematical analysis of this
      game (most notably Bill Gosper at MIT, who even implemented life in TECO
      !). When a hacker mentions ?life?, he is much more likely to mean this
      game than the magazine, the breakfast cereal, or the human state of
      existence. Many web resources are available starting from the Open
      Directory page of Life. The Life Lexicon is a good indicator of what makes
      the game so fascinating.
  
      [glider]
  
      A glider, possibly the best known of the quasi-organic phenomena in the
      Game of Life.
  
      Usenet.+As+in+?{Get+a+life!">2. The opposite of Usenet. As in ?{Get a life!?
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Life
  Conway's Life
  
      The first popular cellular automata based
     artificial life "game".  Life was invented by British
     mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970 and was first
     introduced publicly in "Scientific American" later that year.
  
     Conway first devised what he called "The Game of Life" and
     "ran" it using plates placed on floor tiles in his house.
     Because of he ran out of floor space and kept stepping on the
     plates, he later moved to doing it on paper or on a
     checkerboard, and then moved to running Life as a computer
     program on a PDP-7.  That first implementation of Life as a
     computer program was written by M. J. T. Guy and
     S. R. Bourne (the author of Unix's Bourne shell).
  
     Life uses a rectangular grid of binary (live or dead) cells
     each of which is updated at each step according to the
     previous state of its eight neighbours as follows: a live cell
     with less than two, or more than three, live neighbours dies.
     A dead cell with exactly three neighbours becomes alive.
     Other cells do not change.
  
     While the rules are fairly simple, the patterns that can arise
     are of a complexity resembling that of organic systems -- hence
     the name "Life".
  
     Many hackers pass through a stage of fascination with Life,
     and hackers at various places contributed heavily to the
     mathematical analysis of this game (most notably Bill Gosper
     at MIT, who even implemented Life in TECO!; see
     Gosperism).  When a hacker mentions "life", he is more
     likely to mean this game than the magazine, the breakfast
     cereal, the 1950s-era board game or the human state of
     existence.
  
     Yahoo!
     http://yahoo.com/Science/Artificial_Life/Conway_s_Game_of_Life/)">(http://yahoo.com/Science/Artificial_Life/Conway_s_Game_of_Life/).
  
     Demonstration
     http://research.digital.com/nsl/projects/life/)">(http://research.digital.com/nsl/projects/life/).
  
     ["Scientific American" 223, October 1970, p120-123, 224;
     February 1971 p121-117, Martin Gardner].
  
     ["The Garden in The Machine: the Emerging Science of
     Artificial Life", Claus Emmeche, 1994].
  
     ["Winning Ways, For Your Mathematical Plays", Elwyn
     R. Berlekamp, John Horton Conway and Richard K. Guy, 1982].
  
     ["The Recursive Universe: Cosmic Complexity and the Limits of
     Scientific Knowledge", William Poundstone, 1985].
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1997-09-07)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  LIFE
  
      Logic of Inheritance, Functions and Equations.
  
     An object-oriented, functional, constraint-based
     language by Hassan Ait-Kacy  et al of MCC,
     Austin TX, 1987.  LIFE integrates ideas from LOGIN and
     LeFun.
  
     Mailing list: life-users@prl.dec.com.
  
     See also Wild_LIFE.
  
     ["Is There a Meaning to LIFE?", H. Ait-Kacy et al, Intl Conf
     on Logic Prog, 1991].
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-04-21)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  life
  
     Usenet.++As+in+"{Get+a+life!"> The opposite of Usenet.  As in "{Get a life!"
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-04-21)
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Life
     generally of physical life (Gen. 2:7; Luke 16:25, etc.); also
     used figuratively (1) for immortality (Heb. 7:16); (2) conduct
     or manner of life (Rom. 6:4); (3) spiritual life or salvation
     (John 3:16, 17, 18, 36); (4) eternal life (Matt. 19:16, 17; John
     3:15); of God and Christ as the absolute source and cause of all
     life (John 1:4; 5:26, 39; 11:25; 12:50).
     

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LIFE. The aggregate of the animal functions which resist death. Bichat. 
       2. The state of animated beings, while they possess the power of 
  feeling and motion. It commences in contemplation of law generally as soon 
  as the infant is able to stir in the mother's womb; 1 Bl. Com. 129; 3 Inst. 
  50; Wood's Inst. 11; and ceases at death. Lawyers and legislators are not, 
  however, the best physiologists, and it may be justly suspected that in fact 
  life commences before the mother can perceive any motion of the foetus. 1 
  Beck's Med. Jur. 291. 
       3. For many purposes, however, life is considered as begun from the 
  moment of conception in ventre sa mere. Vide Foetus. But in order to acquire 
  and transfer civil rights the child must be born alive. Whether a child is 
  born alive, is to be ascertained from certain signs which are always 
  attendant upon life. The fact of the child's crying is the most certain. 
  There may be a certain motion in a new born infant which may last even for 
  hours, and yet there may not be complete life. It seems that in order to 
  commence life the child must be born with the ability to breathe, and must 
  actually have breathed. 1 Briand, Med. Leg. 1ere partie, c. 6, art. 1. 
       4. Life is presumed to continue at least till one hundred years. 9 
  Mart. Lo. R. 257 See Death; Survivorship. 
       5. Life is considered by the law of the utmost importance, and its most 
  anxious care is to protect it. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 202-3. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  LIFE, n.  A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.  We live
  in daily apprehension of its loss; yet when lost it is not missed. 
  The question, "Is life worth living?" has been much discussed;
  particularly by those who think it is not, many of whom have written
  at great length in support of their view and by careful observance of
  the laws of health enjoyed for long terms of years the honors of
  successful controversy.
  
      "Life's not worth living, and that's the truth,"
      Carelessly caroled the golden youth.
      In manhood still he maintained that view
      And held it more strongly the older he grew.
      When kicked by a jackass at eighty-three,
      "Go fetch me a surgeon at once!" cried he.
                                                               Han Soper
  

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