life form


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n life form the characteristic bodily form of a mature organism
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.”
  • Learned Hand
    Learned Hand
    “It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.”
  • Marjorie Rosen
    Marjorie Rosen
    “Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films have been a mirror held up to society's porous face.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.”
  • Paul Klee
    “The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.”
  • Wilhelm Reich
    Wilhelm Reich
    “The pleasure of living and the pleasure of the orgasm are identical. Extreme orgasm anxiety forms the basis of the general fear of life.”


In literature:

Not but that also this game of life-giving and taking is, in the end, somewhat more costly than other forms of play might be.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
No form of life winged its way through the darkness and called to its mate.
"Omega, the Man" by Lowell Howard Morrow
Just as it is in plant life, so is it in other forms as well, making them more and more expressive of the life within them.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
They might face thinking beings, or forms of life that only wanted to search in the domes for food.
"Wanted--7 Fearless Engineers!" by Warner Van Lorne
Life has appeared in an extraordinary variety of forms on this Earth, and it would necessarily appear in other forms elsewhere.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
The forms, that fleet through life's deceitful dream?
"The Minstrel; or the Progress of Genius" by James Beattie
They have come here to take over these planets, and have started out with the first, natural moves of any invading life-form.
"The Last Evolution" by John Wood Campbell
In weird and gloomy form all the recollections and failures of his past life would rise up and confront him.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
The crystals were delighted that they had brought something which they could share with this new life form.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
It is a world in itself, immense and mighty, affording a home for countless and manifold forms of life.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
Her Dream Knight had taken form, she even knew his name and his station in life.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
The unending war for survival keeps the life forms competing and changing.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
He and my father formed an intimacy in early manhood which lasted throughout life.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
It is believed that the first forms of life came from the water.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
If it cannot do so, it does not just split into smaller pieces (at least in the higher forms of life), but loses its identity as a living thing.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
I respect life-forms that are tidy.
"Beyond Lies the Wub" by Philip Kindred Dick
All that form of life was outside him.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Our deep sea dredging and classification may already embrace most of the forms of life in the greater depths.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
On the other hand some seek the essential Christianity in a life beneath and separable from the historic forms.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
The higher life-forms would degenerate into primitivism.
"Once a Greech" by Evelyn E. Smith

In poetry:

Not to restore our failing forms,
And build the spirit's broken shrine,
But on the fainting soul to shed
A light and life divine--
"The Cypress-Tree Of Ceylon" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The form, o'er which that gale hath pass'd,
Will never life retain !
The eye, that hath seen the water-knight,
Will never move again ....
"The Black Knight Of The Water" by Anne Bannerman
But look, thou mighty thund'rer, thou,
Tho' puny be our forms to thine,
These forms possess, yea, even now,
A spark, a ray of life divine.
"Niagra Falls" by Thomas Frederick Young
"O, I have gazed on forms of light,
Till life seemed ebbing in a tear,
Till in that fleeting space of sight,
Were merged the feelings of a year.
"Fragment" by Margaret Davidson
The stately oak withstands the storm
That rocks its boughs in fiercest strife;
The winds that shake its sturdy form
But give a deeper, stronger life.
"The Trees" by Abner Cosens
Thy little heart will soon be healed,
And being shall be bliss, till thou
To younger forms of life must yield
The place thou fill'st with beauty now.
"Life" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

Fixed gear, single speed, cruiser, recumbent, in-tandem—regardless of the model, bicycling as transportation, recreation, politics , and culture contributes to urban form, contemporary life, and place-making.
The individual molecules within early Earth's primordial soup that form the basis of life likely developed in response to natural selection.
I've been involved with some form of music my entire life.
Ray Kurzweil, a prolific inventor who is best known for his prediction that machine intelligence will surpass that of humans around 2045, still has a few things to offer carbon-based life forms.
In "Evolution," Ivan Reitman's scattershot SciFi comedy, Orlando Jones and David Duchovny play community college science instructors who happen upon an alien life-form that threatens to take over the world.
I can say with some authority after 12 years of having been a single mother that there is no lower form of life that ever crawled from the primordial ooze.
It shouldn't be tolerated any more than we would other forms of bigotry in public life.
Police partners form a close bond, and also share a challenging life on the street.
In late 2009, when the teenager from Washington state should have been enjoying life, Doty was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
An ' Operating System ' That Runs on Cells Could Create Whole New Life Forms.
Along with the arrival of warmer weather comes new life in many forms.
It focuses on quality of life rather than cure and is usually integrated in a patient's final days or weeks in the form of hospice.
The Life Chain is an annual event in which participants form lines near roadways to pray for the support of life from conception to natural death.
A real-life Christmas scrooge does exist in Rockland County, and to make matter worse it is in the form of an educator.
Often taking the form of a skeleton or skull, it reminds us that life is fleeting and that death comes to all, rich or poor, sinner or saint.

In science:

In that case the life-forms of the other brane will have exclusively D-aminoacids and L-sugars.
Quantum Entanglement on Cosmological Scale
The panel marked SF R shows the evolution of an SSP model together with a model in which stars form at a constant rate during the first Gyr in the life of the galaxy (1 Gyr model), both computed with the P tracks, Salpeter IMF, and the Pickles stellar library.
Stellar population synthesis models at low and high redshift
Thus, he reasoned, through a long chain of small steps, each of which selected the fittest variants, the rich variety of today’s life forms could have evolved from one or a few simple original forms.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The rate of evolution depends on the time that has elapsed since the population was formed: the light of young stellar populations is dominated by massive stars which have a short life time on the main sequence, whereas the light of old stellar populations is dominated by long lived, low mass stars.
Formation and Evolution of Galaxies in Clusters
Here polarities are literally fleshed out into the forms of life.
After all, life forms in nature have evolved over billions of years from simple bacteria and archaea to complex structures like the bodies of dinosaurs and the brains of our readers.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
Life in anything close to the form we know it requires both that there should be a complex spectrum of stable nuclei, and that the nuclei can get synthesized in stars.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
This means that mirror particles, like ordinary ones, must form mirror atoms, molecules and, under favorable conditions, invisible mirror stars, planets and even mirror life.
Mirror particles and mirror matter: 50 years of speculation and search
Triggered by the experimental discrepancy between polarization transfer and Rosenbluth measurements of the proton form factor ratio GE /GM at larger Q2 in recent years, the field has seen a new life.
Two-Photon Physics in Hadronic Processes
From these observations, there is no evidence for truncated disks due to an ejection process early in the life of brown dwarfs, which implies that most sub-stellar ob jects probably form in isolation.
The Formation of Low-Mass-Protostars and Proto-Brown Dwarfs
The fastest pulsar and the slowest nova; the oldest galaxies and the youngest stars; the weirdest life forms and the commonest dwarfs; the highest energy particles and the lowest energy photons.
Astrophysics in 2006
In addition, 26 nuclei form a quasi stable configuration, i.e. they decay with a half-life comparable or longer than the age of the Earth and are therefore still present on Earth.
Two-proton radioactivity
The expression Eq.(25) has the same function form of the decay rate of an unstable system with a mass ∼ mR and a life time τR ∼ 1/Γ0 .
The physical meaning of scattering matrix singularities in coupled-channel formalisms
Throughout the article, we avoid to provide a real life example, because the procedure in its current form ignores the X points outside the convex hull of Y points (which is referred as the boundary influence or edge effect in ecology literature).
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation
Figure 1 Possible evolutionary path of an NSC that forms early in the life of a gas-rich, diskdominated “proto”-galaxy.
Formation, Growth, and Destruction of Nuclear Star Clusters