live

2
[lahyv]
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adjective, liv·er, liv·est for 4–7, 13–15.

adverb

(of a radio or television program) at the moment of its happening or being performed; not on tape or by prerecording: a program broadcast live.

Idioms

    live one, Slang.
    1. a person who spends money readily.
    2. a person easily imposed upon or made the dupe of others.

Origin of live

2
1535–45; 1930–35 for def 11; aphetic variant of alive, used attributively
Related formslive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for liveness

Historical Examples of liveness

  • Such a play has an immediacy and liveness that strongly appeals to those who delight to image forth the past.


British Dictionary definitions for liveness

live

1

verb (mainly intr)

to show the characteristics of life; be alive
to remain alive or in existence
to exist in a specified wayto live poorly
(usually foll by in or at) to reside or dwellto live in London
(often foll by on) to continue or lastthe pain still lives in her memory
(usually foll by by) to order one's life (according to a certain philosophy, religion, etc)
(foll by on, upon, or by) to support one's style of life; subsistto live by writing
(foll by with) to endure the effects (of a crime, mistake, etc)
(foll by through) to experience and survivehe lived through the war
(tr) to pass or spend (one's life, etc)
to enjoy life to the fullhe knows how to live
(tr) to put into practice in one's daily life; expresshe lives religion every day
live and let live to refrain from interfering in others' lives; to be tolerant
where one lives US informal in one's sensitive or defenceless position

Word Origin for live

Old English libban, lifian; related to Old High German libēn, Old Norse lifa

live

2

adjective

(prenominal) showing the characteristics of life
(usually prenominal) of, relating to, or abounding in lifethe live weight of an animal
(usually prenominal) of current interest; controversiala live issue
actuala real live cowboy
informal full of life and energy
(of a coal, ember, etc) glowing or burning
(esp of a volcano) not extinct
loaded or capable of explodinga live bomb
radio television transmitted or present at the time of performance, rather than being a recordinga live show
(of a record)
  1. recorded in concert
  2. recorded in one studio take, without overdubs or splicing
connected to a source of electric powera live circuit
(esp of a colour or tone) brilliant or splendid
acoustically reverberanta live studio
sport (of a ball) in play
(of rocks, ores, etc) not quarried or mined; native
being in a state of motion or transmitting power; positively connected to a driving member
printing
  1. (of copy) not yet having been set into type
  2. (of type that has been set) still in use

adverb

during, at, or in the form of a live performancethe show went out live

Word Origin for live

C16: from on live alive
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Word Origin and History for liveness

live

v.

Old English lifian (Anglian), libban (West Saxon) "to be, to live, have life; to experience," also "to supply oneself with food, to pass life (in some condition)," from Proto-Germanic *liben (cf. Old Norse lifa "to live, remain," Old Frisian libba, German leben, Gothic liban "to live"), from PIE root *leip- "to remain, continue" (cf. Greek liparein "to persist, persevere;" see leave). Meaning "to make a residence, dwell" is from c.1200. Related: Lived; living.

According to the Dutch Prouerbe ... Leuen ende laetan leuen, To liue and to let others liue. [Malynes, 1622]

To live it up "live gaily and extravagantly" is from 1903. To live up to "act in accordance with" is 1690s, from earlier live up "live on a high (moral or mental) level" (1680s). To live (something) down "outwear (some slander or embarrassment)" is from 1842. To live with "cohabit as husband and wife" is attested from 1749; sense of "to put up with" is attested from 1937. Expression live and learn is attested from c.1620.

live

adj.

1540s, "having life," later (1610s) "burning, glowing," a shortening of alive (q.v.). Sense of "containing unspent energy or power" (live ammunition, etc.) is from 1799. Meaning "in-person" (of performance) is first attested 1934. Live wire is attested from 1890; figurative sense of "active person" is from 1903.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

liveness in Medicine

live

[līv]

adj.

Having life; alive.
Capable of replicating in a host's cells.
Containing living microorganisms or viruses capable of replicating in a host's cells.
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Idioms and Phrases with liveness

live

In addition to the idioms beginning with live

  • live and learn
  • live and let live
  • live by one's wits
  • live dangerously
  • live down
  • live for the moment
  • live from day to day
  • live from hand to mouth
  • live happily ever after
  • live high off the hog
  • live in
  • live in each other's pockets
  • live in sin
  • live it up
  • live like a king
  • live on
  • live on borrowed time
  • live on the edge
  • live out
  • live through
  • live together
  • live up to
  • live wire
  • live with

also see:

  • alive (live) and kicking
  • as I live and breathe
  • close to home (where one lives)
  • (live from) day to day
  • fat of the land, live off the
  • high off the hog, live
  • in one's pocket (live in each other's pockets)
  • learn to live with
  • people who live in glass houses
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