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a new lease on life an opportunity to live a happier life because of improved circumstances.
change of life menopause.
come to life to become lively or vigorous. [3 definitions]
future life life after death; afterlife.
half-life in physics, the time required for disintegration of half the atoms in a given quantity of radioactive material.
Jaws of Life trademark for an air-pressured tool having a pincerlike device able to rip apart a badly damaged vehicle in order to free a person trapped within.
larger-than-life having qualities or behaviors that seem magnified or exaggerated beyond those of ordinary human beings; impressive; imposing.
lead a dog's life to have a life that is unhappy and filled with trouble.
life belt a life preserver that fastens around a person's waist like a belt.
life buoy a buoyant ring-shaped device usu. kept on boats, used to keep a person afloat until he or she can be rescued.
life cycle the sequence of changes that a living thing goes through as it grows and develops. Birth, growth, reproduction, aging, and death are all stages in the life cycle of an animal.
life expectancy the statistically predicted length of time that an individual of any species can be expected to live.
life force see Úlan vital.
life history the history of changes undergone by an organism in the course of its lifetime from conception to death. [3 definitions]
life insurance insurance that guarantees payment of a specific sum to a named beneficiary upon the death of the insured or to a policyholder who reaches a certain specified age.
life jacket a life preserver in the form of a vest or jacket with no sleeves.
life net a strong net used by firefighters or others to catch people forced to jump from a burning building.
life preserver a device used to help a person float in water and not drown. A life preserver is usually made in the shape of a ring, belt, or vest.
life raft a small, usu. inflatable raft for use by people forced to abandon a boat or ship.
life span the length of time that a human, animal, or plant lives or can be expected to live.