devoid of life

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When a man falls from a precipice or slips on a piece of orange peel, his body behaves as if it were devoid of life. These are the occasions that make Bergson laugh.
On some of the bushes might be seen a bud, a blossom, a baby, a half-grown person and a ripe one; but even those ready to pluck were motionless and silent, as if devoid of life. This sight explained to Dorothy why she had seen no children among the Mangaboos, a thing she had until now been unable to account for.
Ice sheets which cover about 10 percent of our Earth's land surface at present, were thought 20 years ago to be frozen wastelands, devoid of life and with supressed chemical weathering - irrelevant parts of the carbon cycle.
About the same time there were other fires in the Loch Ness and Gairloch areas that were equally devastating to the land and left scorched ground almost devoid of life.
Unfortunately, this means a day or sometimes two alone in house devoid of life and laughter with only a television, takeaway food and possibly alcohol for company.
The dictum 'know thyself' today does not mean as it did in ancient times the unilateral dominance of a non-material principle over a matter devoid of life and consciousness, nor does it consist in a belief similar to that of the nineteenth-century materialists, who would say that the brain secretes thought in the same manner as the liver secretes bile.
In his 2013 book Feral, Guardian columnist George Monbiot portrayed a very different image of the area, claiming he had "never seen a British landscape as devoid of life", before going on to advocate the replacement of farming with a "wilded" environment, where this 5,000-year-old interaction between livestock and nature is effectively removed.
Nineteenth-century oceanographers believed that the deep ocean was devoid of life. They couldn't imagine how this cold, dark, high-pressure environment, with barely enough sunlight for animals to see and not enough for plants to grow, could be productive.
Without them the ecology of the world would collapse and would quickly become a vast desert, an utterly sterile place devoid of life - including of course, the human race.
Some of our infrastructure, as Warwick points out, is often not as harshly sterile and devoid of life as might be imagined; many grassy verges besides motorways and train lines have created microhabitats for numerous plants and animals unable to survive in more regularly trodden patches of land.
While the debates go live, streets, public facilities, and all sorts of events become almost devoid of life due to the people's interest in who is displaying character, elegance, and leadership traits on screen amongst the candidates.