life-time


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Noun1.life-time - the period during which something is functional (as between birth and death); "the battery had a short life"; "he lived a long and happy life"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
birth - the time when something begins (especially life); "they divorced after the birth of the child"; "his election signaled the birth of a new age"
demise, dying, death - the time when something ends; "it was the death of all his plans"; "a dying of old hopes"
afterlife, hereafter - life after death
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
eld, age - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld"
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Though so short a period ago --not a good life-time --the census of the buffalo in Illinois exceeded the census of men now in London, and though at the present day not one horn or hoof of them remains in all that region; and though the cause of this wondrous extermination was the spear of man; yet the far different nature of the whale-hunt peremptorily forbids so inglorious an end to the Leviathan.
It seemed a life-time since he had received that letter from the TRANSCONTINENTAL, a life-time since it was all over and done with and a new page turned.
It seemed in some previous life-time that Billy had gone away, that another life-time would have to come before he returned.