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LIV'ING, participle present tense [from live.]

1. Dwelling; residing; existing; subsisting; having life or the vital functions in operation; not dead.

2. adjective Issuing continually from the earth; running; flowing; as a living spring or fountain; opposed to stagnant.

3. adjective Producing action, animation and vigor; quickening; as a living principle; a living faith.

LIV'ING, noun He or those who are alive; usually with a plural signification; as in the land of the living

The living will lay it to his heart. Ecclesiastes 7:2.

LIV'ING, noun

1. Means of subsistence; estate.

He divided to them his living Luke 15:12.

She of her want, did cast in all that she had, even all her living Mark 12:44.

2. Power of continuing life. There is no living with a scold.

There is no living without trusting some body or other in some cases.

3. Livelihood. He made a living by his occupation. The woman spins for a living

4. The benefice of a clergyman. He lost his living by non-conformity.