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still life

noun, plural still lifes.
a representation chiefly of inanimate objects, as a painting of a bowl of fruit.
the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.
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still-life, adjective Unabridged
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  • Desire Ledwith did what she had to do; there was a way made for her, and there was still life left.

    Real Folks Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • The designer of “The Artistic Home” is right in keeping to still life.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Its only present utility is to add picturesqueness to a scene of still life.

  • A slight trembling in its limbs, however, proclaimed that there was still life in it.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • It would be correct to speak of the drawing on this page as a study of still life.

British Dictionary definitions for still life

still life

noun (pl) still lifes
  1. a painting or drawing of inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, etc
  2. (as modifier): a still-life painting
the genre of such paintings
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Word Origin and History for still life

1690s, translating Dutch stilleven (17c); see still (adj.) + life (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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