Definition of Living

1. Noun. The experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities. "He could no longer cope with the complexities of life"

Exact synonyms: Life
Generic synonyms: Experience
Derivative terms: Live

2. Adjective. Pertaining to living persons. "Within living memory"

3. Noun. People who are still living. "Save your pity for the living"
Generic synonyms: People
Antonyms: Dead

4. Adjective. True to life; lifelike. "The living image of her mother"
Similar to: Realistic

5. Noun. The condition of living or the state of being alive. "Life depends on many chemical and physical processes"
Exact synonyms: Aliveness, Animation, Life
Generic synonyms: Being, Beingness, Existence
Specialized synonyms: Eternal Life, Life Eternal, Skin, Endurance, Survival
Attributes: Alive, Live, Dead
Derivative terms: Alive, Alive, Alive, Lifer, Live

6. Adjective. (informal) absolute. "Beat the living hell out of him"
Language type: Intensifier, Intensive
Similar to: Absolute

7. Noun. The financial means whereby one lives. "He could no longer earn his own livelihood"

8. Adjective. Still in existence. "The only surviving frontier blockhouse in Pennsylvania"
Exact synonyms: Surviving
Similar to: Extant

9. Adjective. Still in active use. "A living language"
Similar to: Extant

10. Adjective. (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried. "Carved into the living stone"
Similar to: Live

Definition of Living

1. a. Being alive; having life; as, a living creature.

2. n. The state of one who, or that which, lives; lives; life; existence.

Definition of Living

1. Verb. (present participle of live) ¹

2. Adjective. Having life. ¹

3. Adjective. In use or existing. ¹

4. Adjective. Of everyday life. ¹

5. Adjective. True to life. ¹

6. Adjective. (used as an intensifier) ¹

7. Noun. The state of being alive. ¹

8. Noun. Financial means; a means of maintaining life; livelihood ¹

9. Noun. A style of life. ¹

10. Noun. (context: canon law) 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. ¹

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Definition of Living

1. a means of subsistence [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Living

living (current term)
living accommodations
living anatomy
living arrangement
living bandage
living bandages
living conditions
living dead
living death
living donors
living down
living fossil
living fossils

Literary usage of Living

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Holy Bible by Canadian Bible Society (1851)
"And they brought a sword any arise like unto thee. living child in two, and give half to tore thee, neither alter theĀ« shall 35 And the king said, ..."

2. Physiological chemistry: A Text-book and Manual for Students by Albert Prescott Mathews (1916)
"The first of the distinctive properties of living matter is the ... It is by the property of movement that we instinctively distinguish living and lifeless. ..."

3. On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection, Or, the by Charles Darwin (1883)
"In the older tertiary beds a few living shells may still be found in the midst ... The Silurian Lingula differs but little from the living species of this ..."

4. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"It was said, and said truly, I am afraid, that her means of living came privately from Sir Percival Glyde." After that last reply, 1 waited a little, ..."

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