• "'Does Miss Everard live here?' he inquired."
    "'Does Miss Everard live here?' he inquired."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj living (informal) absolute "she is a living doll","scared the living daylights out of them","beat the living hell out of him"
    • adj living (used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried; "carved into the living stone"
    • adj living still in active use "a living language"
    • adj living 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"
    • adj living true to life; lifelike "the living image of her mother"
    • adj living pertaining to living persons "within living memory"
    • n living the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
    • n living people who are still living "save your pity for the living"
    • n living 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"
    • n living 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'Live on sixpence a day—and earn it!'" "'Live on sixpence a day—and earn it!'"
The family with whom I lived in Soissons The family with whom I lived in Soissons
A large living area, with extensive decoration on walls and ceiling A large living area, with extensive decoration on walls and ceiling
No. 141, Bayham Street, Camden Town, where the Dickens Family lived in 1823 No. 141, Bayham Street, Camden Town, where the Dickens Family lived in 1823
No. 11, Ordnance Terrace, Chatham. Where the Dickens Family lived 1817-21 No. 11, Ordnance Terrace, Chatham. Where the Dickens Family lived 1817-21
Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families could have lived here Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families...
Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness...
At lst the heralds came to the house where Cinderella lived At lst the heralds came to the house where Cinderella lived

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Queen termite can live up to 50 years and have 30,000 children every day.
    • Living Active; lively; vigorous; -- said esp. of states of the mind, and sometimes of abstract things; as, a living faith; a living principle. "Living hope."
    • Living Being alive; having life; as, a living creature. Opposed to dead.
    • Living Ignited; glowing with heat; burning; live. "Then on the living coals wine they pour."
    • Living Issuing continually from the earth; running; flowing; as, a living spring; -- opposed to stagnant.
    • Living Manner of life; as, riotous living; penurious living; earnest living. "A vicious living ."
    • Living Means of subsistence; sustenance; estate; as, to make a comfortable living from writing. "She can spin for her living .""He divided unto them his living ."
    • Living Power of continuing life; the act of living, or living comfortably. "There is no living without trusting somebody or other in some cases."
    • Living Producing life, action, animation, or vigor; quickening. "Living light."
    • Living The benefice of a clergyman; an ecclesiastical charge which a minister receives. "He could not get a deanery, a prebend, or even a living"
    • Living The state of one who, or that which, lives; lives; life; existence. "Health and living ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
    • n living The act or the condition of existing; the state of having life; power of continuing life.
    • n living Period of life; term of existence.
    • n living Manner or course of life: as, holy living.
    • n living Means of subsistence; estate; livelihood.
    • n living Specifically— An ecclesiastical office by virtue of which the clerk or incumbent has the right to enjoy certain church revenues on condition of discharging certain services prescribed by the canons, or by usage, or by the conditions under which the office has been founded. (See induction, 2.) In the reign of Henry VIII. a system of “pluralities” was established, whereby the same clerk might hold two or more livings; but in the reign of Victoria this privilege, which was attended with great abuses, has been repeatedly abridged; and no clerk may now hold two livings unless the churches so attached are within three miles of each other, and the annual value of one of them does not exceed one hundred pounds.
    • n living (b) The income from a benefice; ecclesiastical revenue.
    • n living The seat of the office; a parish.
    • n living A farm.
    • n living Synonyms living, Livelihood, Subsistence, Sustenance, Support, Maintenance. These words differ essentially, as their derivations suggest. To make a living or a livelihood is to earn enough to keep alive on with economy, not barely enough to maintain life, nor snfficient to live in luxury. Livelihood is a rather flner and less material word than living. Subsistence and sustenance refer entirely to food: subsistence is that which keeps one in existence or animal life; sustenance is that which holds one up. Support and maintenance, like living and livelihood, cover necessary expenses. To guarantee a man his support is to promise money to cover all expenses proper to economical living, or such living as may be agreed upon. Maintenance may be applied to expensive living. An honest livelihood; a bare living; bare subsistence; scanty sustenance; ample support; an honorable maintenance at the university.
    • living Being alive; having life or vitality; not dead: as, a living animal or plant.
    • living In actual existence; having present vigor or vitality; now in action or use; not lifeless, stagnant, inert, or disused: applied to things: as, living languages; a living spring; living faith.
    • living Furious; fierce: applied by seamen to a gale: as, a living gale of wind.
    • living Existing in the original state and place; being as primarily formed and situated: only in the phrases living rock, living stone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
    • adj Living liv′ing having life: active, lively: producing action or vigour: running or flowing, as opposed to stagnant
    • n Living means of subsistence: manner of life: a property: the benefice of a clergyman
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  • Sir Lawrence Olivier
    Sir Lawrence Olivier
    “I have to act to live.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We are always getting ready to live, but never living.”
  • Anatole France
    “It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.”
  • Clarence Buddinton Kelland
    Clarence Buddinton Kelland
    “My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”


Don't throw bricks when you live in a glass house - Don't call others out on actions that you, yourself do. Don't be a hypocrite.
Earn a living - To make money. Example: We need to get a good job to earn a decent living.
Live and let live - If you live and let live, you accept other people as they are, although they may have a different way of life.
Live high off the hog - If you are living high off the hog, you are living lavishly.
Live wire - A person who is very active, both mentally and physically, is a live wire.
Living over the brush - Living together out of wedlock. "They are living over the brush" originates from a form of marriage when a couple held hands and jumped over a besom to signal their commitment to each other, because they couldn't have a church marriage.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones - People should not criticize other people for faults that they have themselves.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Live (v. i.)


In literature:

He would live as his fathers had lived, and die as they had died.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Always new lives, lives of their own, the old families scattering over the land.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
So long as my money held out, I might live as peacefully and safely as any fugitive had ever lived.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
In what respects are they the masters of their lives or are mastered?
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
And this God, the living God, your God, our God, is in me, is in you, lives in us, and we live and move and have our being in Him.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
Awaken my dull satisfactions to a desire to live for the greatest, that I may have the greatest to live for.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
And not only their present lives, but the insoluble question of how their present lives were affecting their future.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Baucis and Philemon lived a great, great many years and grew very old.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Scarcely had Edward lived two years with this man (Gay) when he felt that he had lived with him long enough.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
To live by forsaking one's living son is a great, misfortune.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"

In poetry:

Rise, ere the dawn be risen;
Come, and be all souls fed;
From field and street and prison
Come, for the feast is spread;
Live, for the truth is living; wake, for night is dead.
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Within whose walls no sadness lives,
No broken hearts, no simple strife,
For that I live, oh soul of faith,
For that whereof the Master saith
"Here find eternal love and life."
"The Eternal Life" by Folger McKinsey
My neighbor lives on the hill,
And I in the valley dwell,
My neighbor must look down on me,
Must I look up?--ah, well,
My neighbor lives on the hill,
And I in the valley dwell.
"Differences" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Strangely it was the young, the almost boys,
Who first abandoned hope; the old still lived
A little, at last a little lived in eyes.
It was the young whose child did not survive.
"The Return" by John Peale Bishop
A live thing maybe; who shall know?
The summer knows and suffers it;
For the cool moss is thick and sweet
Each side, and saves the blossom so
That it lives out the long June heat.
"The Sundew" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
He lived at Dingle Bank - he did; -
He lived at Dingle Bank;
And in his garden was one Quail,
Four tulips and a Tank:
And from his window he could see
The otion and the River Dee.
"He Lived at Dingle Bank" by Edward Lear

In news:

Jones lives in Michigan and spiders live just about everywhere.
Our lives were forever changed when terrorists attacked American soil, and it will affect our daily lives for decades to come.
Live Walk the Line Alive the best of Live Great cover.
The farm behind Roberta's restaurant is lively with live music, kid's games, and a farm stand in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Crosby, Stills & Nash: 'CSN 2012 (Live)' Time hasn't been kind on CSN, judging by their first live performance in 20 years.
It's an annual, seasonal treat for those of us who live here, since it's easy to obtain these fresh, live crustaceans and cook them at home.
If you lived here, which "sac" would you tell them you live in.
Submissions for Lives may be sent to
Cynthia's mother lived in the same house many years ago, and her mother, Minnie Johnson, was living there when she died in May 1998 at the age of 102.
Longfellow's quote "Lives of great men remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time" clearly applies to the recent loss of State Troopers Marshall Bailey and Eric Workman.
Live stream of Central New York's only live, local weather radar: Live Doppler 9.
COLUMBIA — Ragtag Cinema will host a free showing of "Lives Worth Living", sponsored by Services for Independent Living and MUSE at 6 pm Monday.
Water is essential to our everyday lives, yet water quality in streams and lakes can be profoundly influenced by the organisms that live in these habitats.
That's when he emcees the 2012 ESPYS live at 9 pm ET from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.
Born Sept 11, 1961, in Clayton, he lived most of his life in care facilities and had been a resident of the Golden Living Center in New Madrid since Nov 1, 1985.

In science:

The training period with animals is usually shorter; this is usually associated with their shorter lives and the worse living conditions.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI
Therefore a small admixture of the short-lived 0− level into the long-lived 0+ level will amplify PNC observables involving the decay of the 0+ level.
Parity Violation and the Nucleon-Nucleon System
KS i + |KL i) In the case of neutral kaons there is a large difference in lifetimes between the short lived and long lived components.
Prospects for B-Physics in the Next Decade
This implies that we are living at a special time in the evolution of the universe: We are living at (or reasonably close to) the switchover from universe dominated by matter (or matter plus radiation) to a a universe dominated by a cosmological constant.
General Relativistic Energy Conditions: The Hubble expansion in the epoch of galaxy formation
So far no long lived (τ > 10−7 s) strangelets have been unambiguously identified – the upper limits for the production cross sections established by the experiment are still consistent with theoretical predictions for short lived MEMOs since they cannot be tested in the present long flight path experiments.
Signatures of Quark-Gluon-Plasma formation in high energy heavy-ion collisions: A critical review