liver

1
[ liv-er ]
/ ˈlɪv ər /

noun

adjective

of the color of liver.

verb (used without object)

(of paint, ink, etc.) to undergo irreversible thickening.

Origin of liver

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English lifer, cognate with Dutch lever, German Leber, Old Norse lifr; perhaps akin to Greek liparós fat

Related forms

liv·er·less, adjective

Definition for liver (2 of 4)

liver

2
[ liv-er ]
/ ˈlɪv ər /

noun

a person who lives in a manner specified: an extravagant liver.
a dweller or resident; inhabitant.

Origin of liver

2
Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at live1, -er1

Definition for liver (3 of 4)

liver

3
[ lahy-ver ]
/ ˈlaɪ vər /

adjective

comparative of live2.

Definition for liver (4 of 4)

live

2
[ lahyv ]
/ laɪv /

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.

Origin of live

2
1535–45; 1930–35 for def 11; aphetic variant of alive, used attributively

Related forms

live·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for liver (1 of 4)

liver

1
/ (ˈlɪvə) /

noun

a multilobed highly vascular reddish-brown glandular organ occupying most of the upper right part of the human abdominal cavity immediately below the diaphragm. It secretes bile, stores glycogen, detoxifies certain poisons, and plays an important part in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat, helping to maintain a correct balance of nutrientsRelated adjective: hepatic
the corresponding organ in animals
the liver of certain animals used as food
a reddish-brown colour, sometimes with a greyish tinge

Derived Forms

liverless, adjective

Word Origin for liver

Old English lifer; related to Old High German lebrav, Old Norse lefr, Greek liparos fat

British Dictionary definitions for liver (2 of 4)

liver

2
/ (ˈlɪvə) /

noun

a person who lives in a specified waya fast liver

British Dictionary definitions for liver (3 of 4)

live

1
/ (lɪv) /

verb (mainly intr)

Word Origin for live

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

British Dictionary definitions for liver (4 of 4)

live

2
/ (laɪv) /

adjective

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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Medicine definitions for liver (1 of 2)

liver

[ lĭvər ]

n.

The largest gland of the body, lying beneath the diaphragm in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity, which secretes bile and is active in the formation of certain blood proteins and in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Medicine definitions for liver (2 of 2)

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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Science definitions for liver

liver

[ lĭvər ]

A large glandular organ in the abdomen of vertebrate animals that is essential to many metabolic processes. The liver secretes bile, stores fat and sugar as reserve energy sources, converts harmful substances to less toxic forms, and regulates the amount of blood in the body.
A similar organ of invertebrate animals.
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Culture definitions for liver

liver


A large organ, located on the right side of the abdomen and protected by the lower rib cage, that produces bile and blood proteins, stores vitamins for later release into the bloodstream, removes toxins (including alcohol) from the blood, breaks down old red blood cells, and helps maintain levels of blood sugar in the body.

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Idioms and Phrases with liver

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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