a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives
"he got life for killing the guard"
- life sentence
a motive for living
"pottery was his life"
an account of the series of events making up a person's life
- life story - life history
the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones
"there is no life on the moon"
living things collectively
"the oceans are teeming with life"
animation and energy in action or expression
"it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
a living person
"his heroism saved a life"
the period from the present until death
"he appointed himself emperor for life"
the period between birth and the present time
"I have known him all his life"
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"
- life time
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"
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"
the experience of being alive
the course of human events and activities
"he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
a characteristic state or mode of living