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 persons 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, the 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. Life table, 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.
1. The blood necessary to life; vital blood. Dryden.
2. Fig.: That which gives strength and energy.
Money [is] the lifeblood of the nation.Swift.
(Life"boat`) n. A strong, buoyant boat especially designed for saving the lives of shipwrecked
(Life"ful) a. Full of vitality. Spenser.
(Life"-giv`ing) a. Giving life or spirit; having power to give life; inspiriting; invigorating.
(Life"hold`) n. Land held by a life estate.
(Life"less), a. Destitute of life, or deprived of life; not containing, or inhabited by, living beings
or vegetation; dead, or apparently dead; spiritless; powerless; dull; as, a lifeless carcass; lifeless matter; a
lifeless desert; a lifeless wine; a lifeless story. Life"less*ly, adv. Life"less*ness, n.
Syn. Dead; soulless; inanimate; torpid; inert; inactive; dull; heavy; unanimated; spiritless; frigid; pointless; vapid; flat; tasteless.
Lifeless, Dull, Inanimate, Dead. In a moral sense, lifeless denotes a want of vital energy; inanimate,
a want of expression as to any feeling that may be possessed; dull implies a torpor of soul which checks
all mental activity; dead supposes a destitution of feeling. A person is said to be lifeless who has lost
the spirits which he once had; he is said to be inanimate when he is naturally wanting in spirits; one is
dull from an original deficiency of mental power; he who is dead to moral sentiment is wholly bereft of
the highest attribute of his nature.
(Life"like`) a. [Cf. Lively.] Like a living being; resembling life; giving an accurate representation; as,
a lifelike portrait. Life"like`ness, n. Poe.
(Life"long`) a. [Life + long. Cf. Livelong.] Lasting or continuing through life. Tennyson.
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