• WordNet 3.6
    • adj alive capable of erupting "a live volcano","the volcano is very much alive"
    • adj alive possessing life "the happiest person alive","the nerve is alive","doctors are working hard to keep him alive","burned alive","a live canary"
    • adj alive having life or vigor or spirit "an animated and expressive face","animated conversation","became very animated when he heard the good news"
    • adj alive mentally perceptive and responsive "an alert mind","alert to the problems","alive to what is going on","awake to the dangers of her situation","was now awake to the reality of his predicament"
    • adj alive (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit "she was wonderfully alive for her age","a face alive with mischief"
    • adj alive in operation "keep hope alive","the tradition was still alive","an active tradition"
    • adj alive (followed by `to' or `of') aware of "is alive to the moods of others"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Grey's Anatomy (the medical book most every doctor, nurse, biologist, etc. is trained on in most every university) was compiled using detailed pictures of dead Jews that Hitler and the 3rd Reich experimented on, most of which where dissected while still alive. Although the medical community knows this fact, they continue using the book due to its detail and real-life pictures.
    • Alive Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged. "The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs."
    • Alive Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive .
    • Alive Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive. "Tremblingly alive to nature's laws."
    • Alive In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent; as, to keep the fire alive; to keep the affections alive.
    • Alive Of all living (by way of emphasis). "Northumberland was the proudest man alive ."
    • Alive Sprightly; lively; brisk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Joan of Arc was actually burned alive as a witch in 1431, and only considered a saint in the 20th century. (Them folks must be pissed to hear that)
    • alive In life; living; in the state in which the organs of the body perform their functions: opposed to dead: as, the man is alive.
    • alive In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; undestroyed; unexpired: as, keep the suit alive.
    • alive Full of alacrity; active; sprightly; lively: as, the company were all alive.
    • alive Enlivened; animated; strongly aroused.
    • alive Attentive; open to impressions (from); sensitive; susceptible: used with to: as, he is sufficiently alive to the beauties of nature, but yet more alive to his own interests.
    • alive Filled as with living things; swarming; thronged: as, the city was all alive when the general entered.
    • alive Of all living, by way of emphasis.
    • alive In printing. See live.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest animal ever seen alive was a 113.5 foot, 170-ton female blue whale.
    • adj Alive a-līv′ in life: susceptible.
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  • Carl Jung
    “From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.”
  • Stephen Vincent Benet
    Stephen Vincent Benet
    “Books are not men and yet they stay alive.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”
  • Graham Greene
    “When we are not sure, we are alive.”


Alive and kicking - If something is active and doing well, it is alive and kicking. (It can be used for people too.)
Eat someone alive - If you eat someone alive, you defeat or beat them comprehensively.
Skin someone alive - If someone skins you alive, they admonish and punish you hard.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. on live, AS. on līfe, in life; līfe, being dat. of līf, life. See Life, and cf. Live (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prep. a = on, and A.S. lífe, dat. of líf, life.


In literature:

He was alive but nobody paid heed to his groans.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
I should then be the happiest man alive.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
If only Pete had been alive!
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
He'd been on light duty, wounded in his first fight with the Brotherhood and counting himself lucky to be alive.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
It was as if a single shape moved alive through a universe peopled with shadows.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
The short verses and responses of the priests broke the air that still seemed alive and trembling.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
You've got to make up those conditions and earn your salt to show there's some excuse for your being alive.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Kept my Injun alive all night.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Are the Reptile things not alive then?
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
That tiger skin there in front of the fireplace once covered a thing very much alive.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole

In poetry:

Why wait at all?
Hope springs alive,
Good may befall
I yet may thrive.
"The Reason" by Stevie Smith
Ah ! will not mem'ry keep
Sharp grief alive?
Never will mem'ry sleep,
Howe'er I strive.
"Songs Of The Season" by Alexander Bathgate
Then the clouds part,
Swallow soaring between;
The spring is alive,
And the meadows are green!
"The Meadows In Spring" by Edward FitzGerald
Then the clouds part,
Swallows soaring between;
The spring is alive,
And the meadows are green!
"Old Song" by Edward FitzGerald
"A Shade but in its mindful ones
Has immortality;
By living, me you keep alive,
By dying you slay me.
"Her Immortality" by Thomas Hardy
If I were dead, her feet
My spirit would revive,
As may her bosom sweet
Keep you, sweet flower, alive.
"Song" by Alfred Austin

In news:

The effort to permanently repeal the federal death tax is still very much alive.
Staggeringly good, alive with color, tension and dread.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe: still alive for now as far as we know.
NJ boy, 2, alive before being decapitated .
King Should "Count Her Lucky Stars" She's Alive.
Alive and Well in America.
'Hoarding: Buried Alive': A Delusional Mom, A Down on Her Luck Daughter Clash (Exclusive Video).
Both the "Overkill" and inconsistency are alive and well in some schools across the nation.
"We have to keep hope alive," Donaldson said.
History came alive Friday for high school students in one lucky social studies class.
As the Cardinals inch closer to clinching a playoff birth and keep alive the "12 in 12" mantra, the person most responsible for the play.
'Dead: Episode 2' distinctly alive.
That's because good treatment is keeping people alive.
Mcdonald says Life in a Day is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.
I wasn't alive for Kennedy and I was really a little too young for Reagan.

In science:

Results. that had the same representation (imitating alive/alive or dead/dead) or were spiked-in only in one sample (imitating dead/alive) plotted against the naive log-ratio statistic.
A statistical framework for the analysis of microarray probe-level data
This figure shows that the log likelihood ratio statistic clearly discriminates the dead/alive mutants from the rest.
A statistical framework for the analysis of microarray probe-level data
In the early 60ies (the time when Landau was incapacitated but still alive) construction of proton accelerators with energies well above the threshold for anti-proton production, a zoo of new particles was discovered.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
Based on the results discussed in this paper, we sincerely hope, that should Pauli be alive, and be aware of the enormous universality of the stochastic theory of random fragmentation-coagulation processes, he would change his position on universalism.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
Here the first term corresponds to the cooperator staying alive, and to bmi − cni − b − c  + O(δ2 ) second to it being chosen for reproduction.
Evolutionary game dynamics in phenotype space