Can anyone define life?

Define life.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The meaning of life resides in joy and the feelings of harmony connected to happiness; without happiness, life loses meaning. Happiness is at the heart of our lives and our demand for a meaning

  • 1 decade ago

    a characteristic state or mode of living; "social life"; "city life"; "real life"

    the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities; "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"

    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 period from the present until death; "he appointed himself emperor for life"

    the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones; "there is no life on the moon"

    biography: an account of the series of events making up a person's life

  • 1 decade ago

    1. the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.

    2. the sum of the distinguishing phenomena of organisms, esp. metabolism, growth, reproduction, and adaptation to environment.

    3. the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual: to risk one's life; a short life and a merry one.

    4. a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul: eternal life.

    5. the general or universal condition of human existence: Too bad, but life is like that.

    6. any specified period of animate existence: a man in middle life.

    7. the period of existence, activity, or effectiveness of something inanimate, as a machine, lease, or play: The life of the car may be ten years.

    8. a living being: Several lives were lost.

    9. living things collectively: the hope of discovering life on other planets; insect life.

    10. a particular aspect of existence: He enjoys an active physical life.

    11. the course of existence or sum of experiences and actions that constitute a person's existence: His business has been his entire life.

    12. a biography: a newly published life of Willa Cather.

    13. animation; liveliness; spirit: a speech full of life.

    14. resilience; elasticity.

    15. the force that makes or keeps something alive; the vivifying or quickening principle: The life of the treaty has been an increase of mutual understanding and respect.

    16. a mode or manner of existence, as in the world of affairs or society: So far her business life has not overlapped her social life.

    17. the period or extent of authority, popularity, approval, etc.: the life of the committee; the life of a bestseller.

    18. a prison sentence covering the remaining portion of the offender's animate existence: The judge gave him life.

    19. anything or anyone considered to be as precious as life: She was his life.

    20. a person or thing that enlivens: the life of the party.

    21. effervescence or sparkle, as of wines.

    22. pungency or strong, sharp flavor, as of substances when fresh or in good condition.

    23. nature or any of the forms of nature as the model or subject of a work of art: drawn from life.

    24. Baseball. another opportunity given to a batter to bat because of a misplay by a fielder.

    25. (in English pool) one of a limited number of shots allowed a player: Each pool player has three lives at the beginning of the game.

    –adjective 26. for or lasting a lifetime; lifelong: a life membership in a club; life imprisonment.

    27. of or pertaining to animate existence: the life force; life functions.

    28. working from nature or using a living model: a life drawing; a life class.

    But those are just technical, I personally don't believe you can define life. It means something different to everyone.

    Source(s): Dictionary.com ( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/life )
  • 1 decade ago

    I think I can do it quite well, 9 weeks ago I had heart surgery, my heart was stopped and my lungs were deflated for about 25 minutes. Blood was circulated by a machine keeping my body alive. Let us say we had a major power failure and no backup generators, soon I would have no longer been alive, so non life, hope this helps you out.

    Source(s): I have been close to death quite a few times in my life, this gives you a good idea what life is.
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  • 1 decade ago

    life: n. The state of living.

    Source(s): Great wealths of knowledge.
  • 1 decade ago

    Getting to 42

  • 1 decade ago

    aside from the obvious scientific textbook definition?

    in terms of a human life, life is a series of good and bad events that take place based on choices youve made and random encounters.

  • 1 decade ago

    According to Schrodinger, life is a process that does not ultimately tend toward entropy, like all other natural processes (ie. waterfalls, avalanches, volcanoes).

    Source(s): Erwin Schrodinger
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the closest definition that i've ever heard is something that evolved from a single basic building block (in out case a single celled organism) that consumes energy, grows, interacts with its environment, and reproduces.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Siting on the computer answering YA questions.

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