Lifespring to Light
(Life"spring`) n. Spring or source of life.
(Life"string`) n. A nerve, or string, that is imagined to be essential to life. Daniel.
(Life"time`) n. The time that life continues.
(Life"-wea`ry) a. Weary of living. Shak.
(Lif"lode) n. Livelihood. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Lift) n. [AS. lyft air. See Loft.] The sky; the atmosphere; the firmament. [Obs. or Scot.]
(Lift) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Lifting.] [Icel. lypta, fr. lopt air; akin to Sw. lyfta
to lift, Dan. löfte, G. lüften; prop., to raise into the air. See Loft, and cf. 1st Lift.]
1. To move in a direction opposite to that of gravitation; to raise; to elevate; to bring up from a lower place
to a higher; to upheave; sometimes implying a continued support or holding in the higher place; said of
material things; as, to lift the foot or the hand; to lift a chair or a burden.
2. To raise, elevate, exalt, improve, in rank, condition, estimation, character, etc.; often with up.
The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.Addison.
Lest, being lifted up with pride.1 Tim. iii. 6.
3. To bear; to support. [Obs.] Spenser.
4. To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
5. [Perh. a different word, and akin to Goth. hliftus thief, hlifan to steal, L. clepere, Gr. kle`ptein. Cf.
Shoplifter.] To steal; to carry off by theft (esp. cattle); as, to lift a drove of cattle.
In old writers, lift is sometimes used for lifted.
He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered.Shak. To lift up, to raise or elevate; in the Scriptures, specifically, to elevate upon the cross. John viii. 28.
To lift up the eyes. To look up; to raise the eyes, as in prayer. Ps. cxxi. 1. To lift up the feet,
to come speedily to one's relief. Ps. lxxiv. 3. To lift up the hand. (a) To take an oath. Gen. xiv.
22. (b) To pray. Ps. xxviii. 2. (c) To engage in duty. Heb. xii. 12. To lift up the hand against,
to rebel against; to assault; to attack; to injure; to oppress. Job xxxi. 21. To lift up one's head, to
cause one to be exalted or to rejoice. Gen. xl. 13. Luke xxi. 28. To lift up the heel against,
to treat with insolence or unkindness. John xiii.18. To lift up the voice, to cry aloud; to call out.
Gen. xxi. 16.
(Lift) v. i.
1. To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
Strained by lifting at a weight too heavy.Locke.
2. To rise; to become or appear raised or elevated; as, the fog lifts; the land lifts to a ship approaching it.
3. [See Lift, v. t., 5.] To live by theft. Spenser.