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Definition of "still life" []

  • Representation of inanimate objects, such as flowers or fruit, in painting or photography. (noun)
  • A painting, picture, or photograph of inanimate objects. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "still life" in a sentence
  • "'If she thinks the brewery can be saved - and to do that she will have to make her own independent assessment of the position - if she thinks there's still life in the corpse she'll set up a CVA.'"
  • "Memories are like a still life painted by ten different student artists: some will be blue-based; others red; some will be as stark as Picasso and others as rich as Rembrandt; some will be foreshortened and others distant."
  • "Our art teacher, Mr. Bunch, then set up a still life for us to draw with charcoal … and proceeded to spend the entire hour giving Derek one-on-one instruction, praising his “profound” and “innovative” techniques with the charcoal stick."
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