Live (?), n. Life. [Obs.]
On live, in life; alive. [Obs.] See
Live (lĭv), v. i. [imp.
& p. p. Lived (lĭvd); p. pr. & vb.
n. Living.] [OE. liven, livien, AS.
libban, lifian; akin to OS. libbian, D.
leven, G. leben, OHG. lebēn, 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. liparei^n to persist,
liparo`s oily, shining, sleek, li`pos 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.]
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
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
O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a
man that liveth at rest in his possessions!
Ecclus. xli. 1.
3. To make one's abiding place or home; to
abide; to dwell; to reside.
Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen
years. Gen. xlvii. 28.
4. To be or continue in existence; to exist;
to remain; to be permanent; to last; -- said of inanimate objects,
Men's evil manners live in brass; their
We write in water.
5. To enjoy or make the most of life; to be
in a state of happiness.
What greater curse could envious fortune give
Than just to die when I began to live?
6. To feed; to subsist; to be nourished or
supported; -- with on; as, horses live on grass and
7. To have a spiritual existence; to be
quickened, nourished, and actuated by divine influence or
The just shall live by faith.
Gal. iii. ll.
8. To be maintained in life; to acquire a
livelihood; to subsist; -- with on or by; as, to
live on spoils.
Those who live by labor. Sir W.
9. To outlast danger; to float; -- said of a
ship, boat, etc.; as, no ship could live in such a
A strong mast that lived upon the
To live out, to be at service; to live away
from home as a servant. [U. S.] -- To live
with. (a) To dwell or to be a lodger
with. (b) To cohabit with; to have
intercourse with, as male with female.
Live (?), v. t. 1.
To spend, as one's life; to pass; to maintain; to continue in,
constantly or habitually; as, to live an idle or a useful
2. To act habitually in conformity with; to
To live the Gospel.
To live down, to live so as to subdue or
refute; as, to live down slander.
Live (?), a. [Abbreviated from
alive. See Alive, Life.] 1.
Having life; alive; living; not dead.
If one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then they
shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of
it. Ex. xxi. 35.
2. Being in a state of ignition; burning;
having active properties; as, a live coal; live
embers. " The live ether." Thomson.
3. Full of earnestness; active; wide awake;
glowing; as, a live man, or orator.
4. Vivid; bright. " The live
5. (Engin.) Imparting power; having
motion; as, the live spindle of a lathe.
Live birth, the condition of being born in
such a state that acts of life are manifested after the extrusion of
the whole body. Dunglison. -- Live box,
a cell for holding living objects under microscopical
examination. P. H. Gosse. -- Live
feathers, feathers which have been plucked from the
living bird, and are therefore stronger and more elastic. --
Live gang. (Sawing) See under
Gang. -- Live grass (Bot.),
a grass of the genus Eragrostis. -- Live
load (Engin.), a suddenly applied load; a
varying load; a moving load; as a moving train of cars on a bridge,
or wind pressure on a roof. Live oak
(Bot.), a species of oak (Quercus virens), growing
in the Southern States, of great durability, and highly esteemed for
ship timber. In California the Q. chrysolepis and some other
species are also called live oaks. -- Live
ring (Engin.), 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.