from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possessing life: famous living painters; transplanted living tissue.
  • adj. In active function or use: a living language.
  • adj. Of persons who are alive: events within living memory.
  • adj. Relating to the routine conduct or maintenance of life: improved living conditions in the city.
  • adj. Full of life, interest, or vitality: made history a living subject.
  • adj. True to life; realistic: the living image of her mother.
  • adj. Informal Used as an intensive: beat the living hell out of his opponent in the boxing match.
  • n. The condition or action of maintaining life: the high cost of living.
  • n. A manner or style of life: preferred plain living.
  • n. A means of maintaining life; livelihood: made their living by hunting.
  • n. Chiefly British A church benefice, including the revenue attached to it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of live.
  • adj. Having life.
  • adj. In use or existing.
  • adj. Of everyday life.
  • adj. True to life.
  • adj. Used as an intensifier.
  • n. The state of being alive.
  • n. Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood
  • n. A style of life.
  • n. A position in a church (usually the Church of England) that has attached to it a source of income. The holder of the position receives its revenue for the performance of stipulated duties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being alive; having life. Opposed to dead.
  • adj. Active; lively; vigorous; -- said esp. of states of the mind, and sometimes of abstract things
  • adj. Issuing continually from the earth; running; flowing; ; -- opposed to stagnant.
  • adj. Producing life, action, animation, or vigor; quickening.
  • adj. Ignited; glowing with heat; burning; live.
  • n. The state of one who, or that which, lives; lives; life; existence.
  • n. Manner of life
  • n. Means of subsistence; sustenance; estate.
  • n. Power of continuing life; the act of living, or living comfortably.
  • n. The benefice of a clergyman; an ecclesiastical charge which a minister receives.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being alive; having life or vitality; not dead: as, a living animal or plant.
  • In actual existence; having present vigor or vitality; now in action or use; not lifeless, stagnant, inert, or disused: applied to things: as, living languages; a living spring; living faith.
  • Furious; fierce: applied by seamen to a gale: as, a living gale of wind.
  • Existing in the original state and place; being as primarily formed and situated: only in the phrases living rock, living stone.
  • n. The act or the condition of existing; the state of having life; power of continuing life.
  • n. Period of life; term of existence.
  • n. Manner or course of life: as, holy living.
  • n. Means of subsistence; estate; livelihood.
  • n. Specifically— An ecclesiastical office by virtue of which the clerk or incumbent has the right to enjoy certain church revenues on condition of discharging certain services prescribed by the canons, or by usage, or by the conditions under which the office has been founded. (See induction, 2.) In the reign of Henry VIII. a system of “pluralities” was established, whereby the same clerk might hold two or more livings; but in the reign of Victoria this privilege, which was attended with great abuses, has been repeatedly abridged; and no clerk may now hold two livings unless the churches so attached are within three miles of each other, and the annual value of one of them does not exceed one hundred pounds.
  • n. (b) The income from a benefice; ecclesiastical revenue.
  • n. The seat of the office; a parish.
  • n. A farm.
  • n. Synonyms living, Livelihood, Subsistence, Sustenance, Support, Maintenance. These words differ essentially, as their derivations suggest. To make a living or a livelihood is to earn enough to keep alive on with economy, not barely enough to maintain life, nor snfficient to live in luxury. Livelihood is a rather flner and less material word than living. Subsistence and sustenance refer entirely to food: subsistence is that which keeps one in existence or animal life; sustenance is that which holds one up. Support and maintenance, like living and livelihood, cover necessary expenses. To guarantee a man his support is to promise money to cover all expenses proper to economical living, or such living as may be agreed upon. Maintenance may be applied to expensive living. An honest livelihood; a bare living; bare subsistence; scanty sustenance; ample support; an honorable maintenance at the university.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. still in existence
  • n. the condition of living or the state of being alive
  • n. the financial means whereby one lives
  • adj. still in active use
  • adj. pertaining to living persons
  • adj. (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried
  • n. the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities
  • adj. true to life; lifelike
  • n. people who are still living
  • adj. (informal) absolute


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  • ˜If a predicate is generally true of a genus, then the predicate is also true of any species of that genus™, we can derive the conclusion ˜the capacity of nutrition belongs to plants™ using the premise ˜the capacity of nutrition belongs to all living things™, since ˜living thing™ is the genus of the species ˜plants™.

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  • We can become so absorbed in making a living that we have no time _for living_.

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  • And I am fully aware that once we direct our living attention this way, instead of to the absurdity of the atom, then we have a whole _living_ universe of knowledge before us.

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  • And it'll be so exciting to be living a story instead of reading it -- only when you're _living_ a story you can't peek over to the back to see how it's all coming out.

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  • He has rejected experience that he might _be_ his fullest self before living it; and only _living_, in other words, experience, could have made that self complete.

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  • Thus the proposition, All men are living beings (he would say) is true, because _living being_ is a name of everything of which _man_ is a name.

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  • Thus the proposition, All men are living beings (he would say) is true, because _living being_ is a name of every thing of which _man_ is a name.

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  • III. ii.439 (293,5) [to a living humour of madness] If this be the true reading we must by _living_ understand _lasting_, or _permanent_, but I cannot forbear to think that some antithesis was intended which is now lost; perhaps the passage stood thus, _I drove my suitor from a_ dying _humour of love to a living humour of madness_.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • The persons of it are few; the characterization is feeble, compared with that of some of the later plays; but that does not hinder or limit the design, and it is all the more apparent for this artistic poverty, anatomically clear; while as yet that perfection of art in which all trace of the structure came so soon to be lost in the beauty of the illustration, is yet wanting; while as yet that art which made of its living instance an intenser life, or which made with its _living_ art a life more living than life itself, was only germinating.

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