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living

[liv-ing] /ˈlɪv ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
having life; being alive; not dead:
living persons.
2.
in actual existence or use; extant:
living languages.
3.
active or thriving; vigorous; strong:
a living faith.
4.
burning or glowing, as a coal.
5.
flowing freely, as water.
6.
pertaining to, suitable for, or sufficient for existence or subsistence:
living conditions; a living wage.
7.
of or relating to living persons:
within living memory.
8.
lifelike; true to life, as a picture or narrative.
9.
in its natural state and place; not uprooted, changed, etc.:
living rock.
10.
Informal. very; absolute (used as an intensifier): You scared the living daylights out of me!
He's making her life a living hell.
noun
11.
the act or condition of a person or thing that lives:
Living is very expensive these days.
12.
the means of maintaining life; livelihood:
to earn one's living.
13.
a particular manner, state, or status of life:
luxurious living.
14.
(used with a plural verb) living persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
glad to be among the living.
15.
British. the benefice of a clergyman.
Origin of living
900
before 900; (adj.) Middle English lyvyng(e); replacing earlier liviende, Old English lifgende (see live1, -ing2); (noun) Middle English living(e) (see -ing1)
Related forms
livingly, adverb
livingness, noun
nonliving, adjective, noun
quasi-living, adjective
unliving, adjective
Synonyms
1. live, quick. 2. existing, surviving. 3. lively, flourishing. 12. sustenance, subsistence. Living, livelihood, maintenance, support refer, directly or indirectly, to what is earned or spent for subsistence. Living and livelihood (a somewhat more formal word), both refer to what one earns to keep (oneself) alive, but are seldom interchangeable within the same phrase: to earn one's living; to seek one's livelihood. “To make a living” suggests making just enough to keep alive, and is particularly frequent in the negative: You cannot make a living out of that. “To make a livelihood out of something” suggests rather making a business of it: to make a livelihood out of trapping foxes. Maintenance and support refer usually to what is spent for the living of another: to provide for the maintenance or support of someone. Maintenance occasionally refers to the allowance itself provided for livelihood: They are entitled to a maintenance from this estate.
Antonyms
1. dead.
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Examples from the Web for non-living
Historical Examples
  • We see purpose in all living things, but not in the same sense in non-living things.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • The mineral kingdom of the non-living passes into the living.

    The Gospel Of Evolution Edward Aveling
  • Protoplasm differs from non-living matter in three respects.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
  • How in general are the phenomena of life related to those of the non-living world?

    Biology Edmund Beecher Wilson
  • So limited and evanescent is the world of living matter, so vast and enduring is the world of the non-living.

    The Breath of Life John Burroughs
  • Thus matter, living or non-living, could be flashed tremendous distances in a second!

  • Where, and on what principle, are the dividing lines between living and non-living to be drawn?

    Luck or Cunning Samuel Butler
  • One may make pretty positive assertions about non-living things.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • Is the line to be so drawn as to admit any of the non-living within the body?

    Luck or Cunning Samuel Butler
  • We can only say that with living things odd numbers are more likely to prevail, and with non-living, even numbers.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for non-living

living

/ˈlɪvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
  1. possessing life; not dead
  2. (as collective noun preceded by the): the living
2.
having the characteristics of life (used esp to distinguish organisms from nonliving matter)
3.
currently in use or valid: living language
4.
seeming to be real: a living image
5.
(of animals or plants) existing in the present age; extant Compare extinct (sense 1)
6.
(geology) another word for live2 (sense 15)
7.
presented by actors before a live audience: living theatre
8.
(prenominal) (intensifier): the living daylights
noun
9.
the condition of being alive
10.
the manner in which one conducts one's life: fast living
11.
the means, esp the financial means, whereby one lives
12.
(Church of England) another term for benefice
13.
(modifier) of, involving, or characteristic of everyday life: living area
14.
(modifier) of or involving those now alive (esp in the phrase living memory)
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Word Origin and History for non-living

living

adj.

"alive," also "residing, staying," c.1200, from present participle of live (v.)).

n.

"living persons," late Old English; early 14c. as "the fact of dwelling in some place," from Old English lifiende "that lives or has life," present participle of lifan (see live (v.)). The meaning "action, process, or method of gaining one's livelihood" is attested from c.1400.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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