- Anatomy. a large, reddish-brown, glandular organ located in the upper right side of the abdominal cavity, divided by fissures into five lobes and functioning in the secretion of bile and various metabolic processes.
- an organ in other animals similar to the human liver, often used as food.
- a diseased condition of the liver; biliousness: a touch of liver.
- a reddish-brown color.
- a rubberlike, irreversible thickening suspension occurring in paint, ink, etc., due to a chemical reaction between a colloidal pigment and a vehicle or as a result of polymerization of the vehicle.
- of the color of liver.
- (of paint, ink, etc.) to undergo irreversible thickening.
Origin of liver1
- a person who lives in a manner specified: an extravagant liver.
- a dweller or resident; inhabitant.
Origin of liver2
- comparative of live2.
- being alive; living; alive: live animals.
- of, relating to, or during the life of a living being: the animal's live weight.
- characterized by or indicating the presence of living creatures: the live sounds of the forest.
- Informal. (of a person) energetic; alert; lively: The club members are a really live bunch.
- full of life, energy or activity: His approach in any business dealing is live and fresh.
- burning or glowing: live coals in the fireplace.
- having resilience or bounce: a live tennis ball.
- being in play, as a baseball or football.
- loaded or unexploded, as a cartridge or shell: live ammunition.
- made up of actual persons: to perform before a live audience.
- (of a radio or television program) broadcast while happening or being performed; not prerecorded or taped: a live telecast.
- being highly resonant or reverberant, as an auditorium or concert hall.
- vivid or bright, as color.
- of current interest or importance, as a question or issue; controversial; unsettled.
- moving or imparting motion; powered: the live head on a lathe.
- still in use, or to be used, as type set up or copy for printing.
- Also alive. Electricity. electrically connected to a source of potential difference, or electrically charged so as to have a potential different from that of earth: a live wire.
- (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.
- live one, Slang.
- a person who spends money readily.
- a person easily imposed upon or made the dupe of others.
Origin of live2
Examples from the Web for liver
Family members say he developed also liver cancer after his capture.Final Chapter for Accused Africa Bomber
January 4, 2015
Eggs, he says, are a good source of cysteine, an amino acid that helps the liver break down alcohol faster.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
He became delirious, his heartbeat grew ragged, his blood teemed with the virus, and his lungs, liver and kidneys began to fail.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 8-14, 2014
December 13, 2014
As digesting food passes through the small intestine, it mixes with chemicals from the liver, and nutrients are absorbed.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture
December 10, 2014
Then stab her to death and bring me back her lungs and liver as proof of your deed.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
It cannot be, for Mr. Purgon says that it is my liver which is out of order.The Imaginary Invalid
Separate dishes are made of the head, heart, liver, and sweet-bread.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
After this Tobias advanced, embraced his father, and then rubbed his eyes with the skate's liver.My Double Life
He was dying of inflammation of the liver, contracted in Senegal.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Some object to liver, therefore the use of it is a matter of taste.Culture and Cooking
- 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
- a person who lives in a specified waya fast liver
- 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
- (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)
- recorded in concert
- 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
- (of copy) not yet having been set into type
- (of type that has been set) still in use
- during, at, or in the form of a live performancethe show went out live
Word Origin and History for liver
secreting organ of the body, Old English lifer, from Proto-Germanic *librn (cf. Old Norse lifr, Old Frisian livere, Middle Dutch levere, Dutch lever, Old High German lebara, German Leber "liver"), perhaps from PIE *leip- "to stick adhere; fat." Formerly believed to be the body's blood-producing organ; in medieval times it rivaled the heart as the supposed seat of love and passion, hence lily-livered. Liver-spots, once thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the organ, is attested from 1730.
late 14c., agent noun from 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.
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.
- 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.
- Having life; alive.
- Capable of replicating in a host's cells.
- Containing living microorganisms or viruses capable of replicating in a host's cells.
- 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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with liver
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