1. To be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age are long in reaching maturity. "Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will . . . Lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live." (Ezek. Xxxvii. 5, 6)
2. To pass one's time; to pass life or time in a certain manner, as to habits, conduct, or circumstances; as, to live in ease or affluence; to live happily or usefully. "O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a man that liveth at rest in his possessions!" (Ecclus. Xli. 1)
9. To outlast danger; to float; said of a ship, boat, etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm. "A strong mast that lived upon the sea." (Shak) To live out, to be at service; to live away from home as a servant. To live with. To dwell or to be a lodger with. To cohabit with; to have intercourse with, as male with female.
Origin: OE. Liven, livien, AS. Libban, lifian; akin to OS. Libbian, D. Leven, G. Leben, OHG. Lebn, Dan. Leve, Sw. Lefva, Icel. Lifa to live, to be left, to remain, Goth. Liban to live; akin to E. Leave to forsake, and life, Gr. To persist, oily, shining, sleek, fat, lard, Skr. Lip to anoint, smear; the first sense prob. Was, to cleave to, stick to; hence, to remain, stay; and hence, to live.
4. Vivid; bright. " The live carnation."
5. <engineering> Imparting power; having motion; as, the live spindle of a lathe. 6. (Elec) connected to a voltage source, as a live wire. 7. (Broadcasting) being transmitted instantaneously, as events occur, in contrast to recorded. 8. (Sport) still in active play as a live ball. 9. Pertaingin to an entertainment event which was performed (and possibly recorded) in front of an audience; contrasted to performances recorded in a studio without an audience Live birth, the condition of being born in such a state that acts of life are manifested after the extrusion of the whole body. Live box, a cell for holding living objects under microscopical examination. Live feathers, feathers which have been plucked from the living bird, and are therefore stronger and more elastic. Live gang. See Gang.
<botany> Live grass, a circular train of rollers upon which a swing bridge, or turntable, rests, and which travels around a circular track when the bridge or table turns. Live steam, steam direct from the boiler, used for any purpose, in distinction from exhaust steam. Live stock, horses, cattle, and other domestic animals kept on a farm. Whole body.
Origin: Abbreviated from alive. See Alive, Life.
(01 Mar 1998)
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