lifeless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lifeless deprived of life; no longer living "a lifeless body"
    • adj lifeless not having the capacity to support life "a lifeless planet"
    • adj lifeless lacking animation or excitement or activity "the party being dead we left early","it was a lifeless party until she arrived"
    • adj lifeless destitute or having been emptied of life or living beings "after the dance the littered and lifeless ballroom echoed hollowly"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Without any greenhouse effect, Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temperature of 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • lifeless Deprived of life; dead; also, in a state of suspended animation.
    • lifeless Not possessing life; inanimate; inorganic: as, lifeless matter.
    • lifeless Destitute of power, force, vigor, or spirit; wanting animation or vital energy; dull; heavy; inactive; vapid; insipid: as, a lifeless style of oratory; lifeless movements.
    • lifeless Destitute of living beings.
    • lifeless Synonyms Defunct.
    • lifeless Inert, torpid, sluggish, spiritless, passive; flat, frigid, pointless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lifeless dead: without vigour: insipid: sluggish
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Quotations

  • Boris Pasternak
    Boris Pasternak
    “I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. líf; Ice. líf, Sw. lif, Dut. lijf, body, life; Ger. leben, to live.

Usage

In literature:

Rob Rust was stretched lifeless upon the ground.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Who ever saw a pretty woman with dull, lifeless eyes?
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
Then a charge of buckshot from Jerry's gun, settled him for good and all, and he rolled over lifeless.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Save for its big eyes it seemed a lifeless mask.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
Leah sees her people's victory, but the trial has been too great, she sinks back lifeless.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
He drew her to the bank, staggered and fell, and for a moment both of them lay lifeless to the soft caress of the snow.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Gertrude lay with open, lifeless eyes.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Their view was uninterrupted when the lifeless body plunged forward.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
A deadly fiend has slain him in Heorot, and I know not whither she has carried his lifeless body.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
Your story, of course, should not be told in a lifeless monotone.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
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In poetry:

We drew from Heaven a breath of flame,
And thro' the lifeless whole
Did breathe it till the orb became
One brain of burning soul.
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
And when the morning's sun looked in,
And filled the place with light,
Two lifeless bodies on the straw
Was all that met the sight.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
Into the boat behold him bound,
He lifts his lifeless wife upright:
She wakens to the thunder's sound;
Her opening eyes regain the light.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
I thought such wan and lifeless beams
Could ne'er my heart repay
For the bright sun's most transient gleams
That cheered me through the day:
"Fluctuations" by Anne Bronte
Ye who have laid your loved to rest,
And wept above their lifeless clay,
Know not the anguish of that breast,
Whose loved are rudely torn away.
"The Slave Auction" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Therefore, pluck I painted violets,
Which shall strew my lifeless clay,
When, to night, the stars have call’d me
Unto joys that last for aye.
"The Violet-Gatherer (From The Danish Of Oehlenslaeger)" by George Borrow

In news:

When the employees of a Montrose Township landfill discovered a lifeless body Friday morning they weren't quite sure what they had uncovered.
In the wake a presidential debate that was almost fact-free on one side and nearly lifeless on the other, smearing Butter on one´s eyes seemed like a good option for poll junkies.
MIT designer Neri Oxman shows the lifeless things in your world — clothing, walls, chairs — can be alive and adapt.
Or as most visitors know it – the Pietà statue, the image of Mary holding the lifeless body of Christ.
Oct 3, 2012 — From Earth, lifeless Mars can seem like a serene and boring planet.
In a lifeless loss at the Stadium, the Bombers are getting worse by the game.
It's been exactly one month since Whitney Houston was found lifeless in her Beverly Hilton hotel room, and by all accounts, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is handling the tragedy quite well.
Found him lifeless and hanging an inch off the floor, with a window-blind cord wrapped around his neck.
"Chicken With Plums," the first live-action film of French filmmaker Marjane Satrapi ("Persepolis"), is an agony of bad plotting and whimsical, lifeless scenes.
A woman accused of drowning her 4-year-old autistic son in a bathtub , then driving his lifeless body to a police substation where she allegedly admitted the crime, was ordered recently to stand trial on murder and assault charges.
In the second act of A Bearded Lover, Lucia, the youngest sister in this three-character opus, delivers one of the play's most telling lines: "I'm not lifeless anymore, like the two of you.".
See how a Dallas designer gives new energy to dated , lifeless homes.
A shocking photo of Michael Jackson¹s lifeless body was shown to jurorsTuesday as the manslaughter trial began against the King of Pop's doctor, setting an emotional tone to the opening argument.
Kptm.com 5 Tips for Avoiding Dull , Lifeless Casino Customer Service Training Announced by Robinson & Associates.
Chargers embarrass lifeless Steelers 34-24.
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In science:

As a mechanism for producing desirable peptides on a lifeless planet, my opinion is that the inverse Zeno effect has no plausibility. I would only change that opinion if I was presented with a detailed model, at the level of the quantum states of all the particles involved.
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
Eigen model, which first considered that the evolution can be guided other than by chance, is the first mathematical model that makes Darwin’s idea of mutation and selection able to work in a simple and seemingly ”lifeless” system of chemical reactants [1, 2].
Quasispecies distribution of Eigen model
This has crucial implications for astrophysics because a value much larger than observed would prevent galaxy formation, and hence would result in a lifeless universe. A multiverse solution seemed almost the only way out [47, 48].
Editorial note to "Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology"
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