living thing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n living thing a living (or once living) entity
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Quotations

  • Georges Bernanos
    Georges%20Bernanos
    “Faith is not a thing which one loses, we merely cease to shape our lives by it.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “The good man is the friend of all living things.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “History is one of the most remarkable things in our lives. The mere fact it occurred makes it remarkable.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Simply the thing I am shall make me live.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living that are desired when dying.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

Usage

In literature:

It was like the defiance of a living thing.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
It came in through the walls of houses and through bunk coverings, and bit at one like a living thing.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
Venus rising from the sea is a symbol of the genesis of every living thing.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
They are gentle little folk, all of them, and move slowly about over the leaves and twigs, not wishing to harm any living thing.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
But the sort who do things square because they like square living.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
It is logical and proper for each and every living thing to act in accordance with its impulses.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
Things may live too long.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
And the same thing might not happen again if you lived in a bear country for thirty years.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
That fellow lives in a big town and I live here in the backwoods, but I can learn him a thing or two.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
The Virgilian Fame was not a mechanical, but a living thing; it grew as it ran; it at least gave a poetical impression.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
Things got lively for Harrison in a moment.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Always, he dreamed of the day when he could own dogs, horses, or any living thing that didn't smirk or titter.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
He watched it blister and writhe as though it had been a living thing.
"The Letter of the Contract" by Basil King
Through this instinct the child goes out of himself into the lives of other persons and other living things.
"What Is and What Might Be" by Edmond Holmes
Of other living things only rats, goats, fowls, and sea birds exist on the island.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Men and women live in and for each other more than for any thing else.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Then at the ditch these tiny living things take up the red material because it is useful to them.
"Lessons on Soil" by E. J. Russell
This medium of expression between living things does not seem to be confined to the human race.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
The tree is a living thing, not merely a something that bears apples.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
But it is not only the things that are left out of men's lives but the things they have too much of, which find their remedy in books.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
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In poetry:

Morfydd to David ap Gwillam spoke
When the song they did not hear,
"Something is stirring in the fern,
A living thing comes near."
"Imitation of a Welsh Poem" by Padraic Colum
It is time for all the heroes to go home
if they have any, time for all of us common ones
to locate ourselves by the real things
we live by.
"Allegiances" by William Stafford
"Missing!" Almost better "Killed."
The long anguish breaks her heart
That's a dead thing, numbed and chilled
Till the live fear bids it start.
"Missing" by Katharine Tynan
As if it were a living thing, that spoke
And flung some protest to the sky,
As if it were a dying thing that saw,
But could not tell, a mystery.
"Stronger Than Death" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
So softly plaintive was the strain,
No living thing unmov'd could hear,
What took from terror all its pain,
And mixt delight with sorrow's tear.
"The Stag" by William Hayley
But were they dead in me, they live
In thee, whose Parable is—Time,
And Worlds, and Forms—all things that give
Me thoughts, and this my rime.
"A Prayer for the Past: All sights and sounds of day and yea" by George MacDonald

In news:

Some days it's the big things - like life itself, God's love, my church, good health, family, this country we live in, freedom to make choices, a job I enjoy.
Good Things About Living in a Post- Apocalyptic Wasteland.
What are the best things about living in Northeast Ohio.
OXFORD LIVING — Just the thing for these wintry days, the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library offers after-school craft sessions that keep little hands busy.
The last thing that you want to deal with when buying, selling or living in a house is mold, especially in the visible areas like the bathroom.
With her characteristic clarity, Buddhist nun Chödrön (When Things Fall Apart) once again explores how Buddhist ideas can help individuals live joyful lives.
If you have been on live for one month or 30 years things just slip out of your mouth…TRUST ME I would know.
Dallas, the Park Cities and some suburbs intend to spew poison from the sky on every living thing, maybe tonight, maybe Friday night.
Animals can do many things that we can't — like fly and live underwater.
Green' agenda is not healthy for children and other living things.
Many of us know that the Eastern Bluebird is the New York state bird, but what about other living things that represent our state.
"You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.".
Specific types of cacti are so remarkable in their symmetry that it is difficult to believe they are living things.
Live Three Things You Can Do Tonight to Fill the Void Left by the MMG Cancellation .
Catfish's Info: Five things I CANNOT live without.
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In science:

We live and learn by means of distinguishing things (which consist of particles). We point at them.
Identical Particles in Quantum Mechanics
The ribosome is a giant molecular complex central to all living things and ancient in evolutionary terms.
Nano-Biotechnology: Structure and Dynamics of Nanoscale Biosystems
Unlike our commonsense experience with living things, decay does not become more likely as the nucleus ages.
Introduction to Astronomy with Radioactivity
The movement of a musical piece is a live thing, now pressing forward, now holding back.
Music in Terms of Science
We discover that, in this classical approximation, the 3-manifold can be thought of as “space-time” in which things live.
Overview and Outlook
And God said: “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Things that look like young globular clusters, but are very short lived (Gieles et al. 2005 on an entity of 106 M⊙ that disrupted in a few Gyr in M51).
Astrophysics in 2006
The model appears consistent with the widely-held belief that intelligence is an evolved capability, living things adapted to apply valid tests to their environment.
Information science and technology as applications of the physics of signalling
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”—Einstein in Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist (Library of Living Philosophers, Evanston, IL, 1949), edited by P.A.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
You are also aware that all these things live in space.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
This is in marked contrast to previous attempts to organize information via formal taxonomies and classification systems. A formal classification system, e.g., Linnaean classification of living things, put s an object in a unique place within a hierarchy.
Personalizing Image Search Results on Flickr
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