life cycle


Definition of life cycle

1 : the series of stages in form and functional activity through which an organism passes between successive recurrences of a specified primary stage
3 : a series of stages through which something (such as an individual, culture, or manufactured product) passes during its lifetime

Examples of life cycle in a Sentence

the life cycle of a shark
Recent Examples on the Web Some images included in the Tuesday release will show how galaxies interact and grow, and others will depict the life cycle of stars, from the emergence of new ones to violent stellar deaths. Denise Chow, NBC News, 10 July 2022 Updating the building’s mechanical systems, Hines added, is also expected to lower emissions over its life cycle. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 July 2022 But 11 years is a long time in the life cycle of an automotive platform, and now the British supercar maker has a shiny new toy called the Artura. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 14 June 2022 The plant has endured years of neglect, in part because of a failure to track the life cycle of equipment in a centralized way, according to the report. Christine Condon, Washington Post, 11 June 2022 There was little to no centralized tracking of work orders or of the life cycle of equipment, meaning repairs were made as things broke rather than proactively. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 10 June 2022 The particular region of space that PSR J0941-4046 was found within is theorized to be filled with neutron stars at the end of the life cycle. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 3 June 2022 This year’s programming will follow the life cycle of new businesses – beginning with best practices for securing startup funding. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 The level of carbon emissions generated by nuclear power is on par with solar and wind, especially when considering the complete life cycle of a plant. Gernot Wagner, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of life cycle

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jul 2022

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“Life cycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of life cycle

1 : the series of stages in form and functional activity through which an organism passes between successive recurrences of a specified primary stage

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