meaning of life

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Animation; spirit; vivacity; vigor; energy.
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.
The living or actual form, person, thing, or state; as, a picture or a description from the life.
A person; a living being, usually a human being; as, many lives were sacrificed.
The system of animal nature; animals in general, or considered collectively.
An essential constituent of life, esp. the blood.
A history of the acts and events of a life; a biography; as, Johnson wrote the life of Milton.
Enjoyment in the right use of the powers; especially, a spiritual existence; happiness in the favor of God; heavenly felicity.
Something dear to one as ones existence; a darling; -- used as a term of endearment.
LIFE Logic of Inheritance, Functions and Equations. An object-oriented, functional, constraint-based language by Hassan Ait-Kacy dec. com> 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]
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 Unixs 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 -- henc 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://www. yahoo. com/Science/Artificial_Life/Conway_s_Game_of Demonstration http://www. 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]
life The opposite of Usenet. As in "Get a life!" [Jargon File]
living things collectively; "the oceans are teeming with ">life"

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