Hypertext Webster Gateway: "living"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Live \Live\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lived}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Living}.] [OE. liven, livien, AS. libban, lifian; akin to
OS. libbian, D. leven, G. leben, OHG. leb[=e]n, Dan. leve,
Sw. lefva, Icel. lifa to live, to be left, to remain, Goth.
liban to live; akin to E. leave to forsake, and life, Gr.
liparei^n to persist, liparo`s oily, shining, sleek, li`pos
fat, lard, Skr. lip to anoint, smear; -- the first sense
prob. was, to cleave to, stick to; hence, to remain, stay;
and hence, to live.]
1. To be alive; to have life; to have, as an animal or a
plant, the capacity of assimilating matter as food, and to
be dependent on such assimilation for a continuance of
existence; as, animals and plants that live to a great age
are long in reaching maturity.

Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I
will . . . lay sinews upon you, and will bring up
flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put
breath in you, and ye shall live. --Ezek.
xxxvii. 5, 6.

2. To pass one's time; to pass life or time in a certain
manner, as to habits, conduct, or circumstances; as, to
live in ease or affluence; to live happily or usefully.

O death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee to a
man that liveth at rest in his possessions!
--Ecclus. xli.

3. To make one's abiding place or home; to abide; to dwell;
to reside.

Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years.
--Gen. xlvii.

4. To be or continue in existence; to exist; to remain; to be
permanent; to last; -- said of inanimate objects, ideas,

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We
write in water. --Shak.

5. To enjoy or make the most of life; to be in a state of

What greater curse could envious fortune give Than
just to die when I began to live? --Dryden.

6. To feed; to subsist; to be nourished or supported; -- with
on; as, horses live on grass and grain.

7. To have a spiritual existence; to be quickened, nourished,
and actuated by divine influence or faith.

The just shall live by faith. --Gal. iii.

8. To be maintained in life; to acquire a livelihood; to
subsist; -- with on or by; as, to live on spoils.

Those who live by labor. --Sir W.

9. To outlast danger; to float; -- said of a ship, boat,
etc.; as, no ship could live in such a storm.

A strong mast that lived upon the sea. --Shak.

{To live out}, to be at service; to live away from home as a
servant. [U. S.]

{To live with}.
(a) To dwell or to be a lodger with.
(b) To cohabit with; to have intercourse with, as male
with female.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Living \Liv"ing\, n.
1. The state of one who, or that which, lives; lives; life;
existence. ``Health and living.'' --Shak.

2. Manner of life; as, riotous living; penurious living;
earnest living. `` A vicious living.'' --Chaucer.

3. Means of subsistence; sustenance; estate.

She can spin for her living. --Shak.

He divided unto them his living. --Luke xv. 12.

4. Power of continuing life; the act of living, or living

There is no living without trusting somebody or
other in some cases. --L' Estrange.

5. The benefice of a clergyman; an ecclesiastical charge
which a minister receives. [Eng.]

He could not get a deanery, a prebend, or even a
living --Macaulay.

{Livng room}, the room most used by the family.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Laving \Lav"ing\, a. [From {Live}, v. i.]
1. Being alive; having life; as, a living creature.

2. Active; lively; vigorous; -- said esp. of states of the
mind, and sometimes of abstract things; as, a living
faith; a living principle. `` Living hope. '' --Wyclif.

3. Issuing continually from the earth; running; flowing; as,
a living spring; -- opposed to {stagnant}.

4. Producing life, action, animation, or vigor; quickening.
``Living light.'' --Shak.

5. Ignited; glowing with heat; burning; live.

Then on the living coals wine they pour. --Dryden.

{Living force}. See {Vis viva}, under {Vis}.

{Living gale} (Naut.), a heavy gale.

{Living} {rock or stone}, rock in its native or original
state or location; rock not quarried. `` I now found
myself on a rude and narrow stairway, the steps of which
were cut out of the living rock.'' --Moore.

{The living}, those who are alive, or one who is alive.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having life; "a live canary"; "hit a live nerve"; "famous
living painters"; "living tissue"; "living plants and
animals" [syn: {live}]
2: pertaining to living persons; "within living memory"
3: true to life; lifelike; "the living image of her mother"
4: dwelling or inhabiting; often used in combination: "living
quarters"; "tree-living animals"
5: (intensifier) "she is a living doll"; "scared the living
daylights out of them"; "beat the living hell out of him"
6: still in existence; "the Wollemi pine found in Australia is
a surviving specimen of a conifer thought to have been
long extinct and therefore known as a living fossil"; "the
only surviving frontier blockhouse in Pennsylvania" [syn:
7: still in active use; "a living language"
8: full of life and interest; "made history a living subject"
[syn: {living(a)}]
9: (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place;
not mined or quarried; "carved into the living stone";
[syn: {living(a)}]
n 1: the experience of living; the course of human events and
activities; "he could no longer cope with the
complexities of life" [syn: {life}]
2: people who are still living; "save your pity for the living"
[ant: {dead}]
3: the condition of living or the state of being alive; "while
there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical
and physical processes" [syn: {animation}, {life}, {aliveness}]
4: the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was
expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state
for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"
[syn: {support}, {keep}, {livelihood}, {bread and butter},

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