1. the birth of a living fetus (regardless of the length of gestation)
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Live \Live\ (l[imac]v), a. [Abbreviated from alive. See Alive,
1. Having life; alive; living; not dead.
If one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then
they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of
it. --Ex. xxi. 35.
2. Being in a state of ignition; burning; having active
properties; as, a live coal; live embers. " The live
3. Full of earnestness; active; wide awake; glowing; as, a
live man, or orator.
4. Vivid; bright. " The live carnation." --Thomson.
5. (Engin.) Imparting power; having motion; as, the live
spindle of a lathe; live steam.
6. (Elec.) Connected to a voltage source; as, a live wire.
7. (Broadcasting) Being transmitted instantaneously, as
events occur, in contrast to recorded.
8. (Sport) Still in active play; -- of a ball being used in a
game; as, a live ball.
9. Pertaining to an entertainment event which was performed
(and possibly recorded) in front of an audience;
contrasted to performances recorded in a studio without an
Live birth, the condition of being born in such a state
that acts of life are manifested after the extrusion of
the whole body. --Dunglison.
Live box, a cell for holding living objects under
microscopical examination. --P. H. Gosse.
Live feathers, feathers which have been plucked from the
living bird, and are therefore stronger and more elastic.
Live gang. (Sawing) See under Gang.
Live grass (Bot.), a grass of the genus Eragrostis.
Live load (Engin.), a suddenly applied load; a varying
load; a moving load; as a moving train of cars on a
bridge, or wind pressure on a roof.
Live oak (Bot.), a species of oak (Quercus virens),
growing in the Southern States, of great durability, and
highly esteemed for ship timber. In California the
Quercus chrysolepis and some other species are also
called live oaks.
Live ring (Engin.), a circular train of rollers upon which
a swing bridge, or turntable, rests, and which travels
around a circular track when the bridge or table turns.
Live steam, steam direct from the boiler, used for any
purpose, in distinction from exhaust steam.
Live stock, horses, cattle, and other domestic animals kept
on a farm. whole body.
(a) (Elec.) a wire connected to a power source, having a
voltage potential; -- used esp. of a power line with a
high potential relative to ground, capable of harming
a person who touches it.
(b) (Fig.) a person who is unusually active, alert, or
[1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the birth of a living fetus (regardless of the length of
gestation) [ant: miscarriage, spontaneous abortion,