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game of life1

noun

a two-dimensional automaton originally played by hand with counters, now done on computer

Examples

The creator of the Game of Life originally believed that no pattern could produce an infinite number of cells, and offered a $50 prize to anyone who could find a counterexample before the end of 1970.

Word Origin

1970

game of life2

noun

human existence seen as similar to a competitive game

Examples

Sometimes each of us feels we are losing the game of life.

Word Origin

1719

Usage Note

used with "the"

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