/li:v’lok/ When two or more processes continuously change their state in response to changes in the other process(es) without doing any useful work.
This is similar to deadlock in that no progress is made but differs in that neither process is blocked or waiting for anything.
A human example of livelock would be two people who meet face-to-face in a corridor and each moves aside to let the other pass, but they end up swaying from side to side without making any progress because they always move the same way at the same time.
[liv-lawng, -long] /ˈlɪvˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/ adjective 1. (of time) whole or entire, especially when tediously long, slow in passing, etc.: We picked apples the livelong day. /ˈlɪvˌlɒŋ/ adjective (mainly poetic) 1. (of time) long or seemingly long, esp in a tedious way (esp in the phrase all the livelong day) 2. whole; entire noun 3. (Brit) […]
[lahyv-lee] /ˈlaɪv li/ adjective, livelier, liveliest. 1. full or suggestive of or vital energy; active, vigorous, or brisk: a lively discussion. 2. animated, spirited, vivacious, or sprightly: a lively tune; a lively wit. 3. eventful, stirring, or exciting: The opposition gave us a lively time. 4. bustling with activity; astir: The marketplace was lively with […]
[lahy-vuh n] /ˈlaɪ vən/ verb (used with object) 1. to put life into; rouse; enliven; cheer (often followed by up): What can we do to liven up the party? verb (used without object) 2. to become more lively; brighten (usually followed by up): If this party doesn’t liven up soon, let’s leave. /ˈlaɪvən/ verb 1. […]
[lahyv] /laɪv/ adjective, liver, livest for 4–7, 13–15. 1. being alive; living; alive: live animals. 2. of, relating to, or during the of a living being: the animal’s live weight. 3. characterized by or indicating the presence of living creatures: the live sounds of the forest. 4. Informal. (of a person) energetic; alert; : The […]