As an adjective alive
is having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive.
As a noun veil is
something hung up, or spread out, to hide an object from view; usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphanous material, to hide or protect the face.
As a verb veil is
to don, or garb with, a veil.
Having life, in opposition to dead; living; being in a state in which the organs perform their functions; as, an animal or a plant which is alive.
In a state of action; in force or operation; unextinguished; unexpired; existent
Exhibiting the activity and motion of many living beings; swarming; thronged.
- to keep the fire alive'; to keep the affections ' alive .
Sprightly; lively; brisk.
Having susceptibility; easily impressed; having lively feelings, as opposed to apathy; sensitive.
- The Boyne, for a quarter of a mile, was alive with muskets and green boughs. -- .
As intensifier, of all living.
- Tremblingly alive to nature's laws. -- .
- Northumberland was the proudest man alive . --.
* As intensifier, used colloquially "man alive!", "sakes alive!".
* Alive always follows the noun which it qualifies.
* alive and kicking
* Christ alive
* dead or alive
* eat someone alive
* keep hope alive
* man alive
* snakes alive
Something hung up, or spread out, to hide an object from view; usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphanous material, to hide or protect the face.
* Bible, Matthew xxvii. 51
- The veil of the temple was rent in twain.
A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
- She, as a veil down to the slender waist, / Her unadorned golden tresses wore.
* 2007 . Zerzan, John. Silence . p. 4.
- [I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page.
The calyptra of mosses.
A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.
A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul; a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil; a Moslem veil.
(zoology) velum (A circular membrane round the cap of medusa)
(mycology) A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.
- Beckett complains that "in the forest of symbols" there is never quiet, and longs to break through the veil of language to silence.
To don, or garb with, a veil.
To conceal as with a veil.
- The forest fire was veiled by smoke, but I could hear it clearly.