Lav"ing (?), a. [From Live, v. i.]


Being alive; having life; as, a living creature.


Active; lively; vigorous; -- said esp. of states of the mind , and sometimes of abstract things; as, a living faith; a living principle.

" Living hope. "



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


Producing life, action, animation, or vigor; quickening.

" Living light."



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 rockstone, 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 of the living rock." Moore. -- The living, those who are alive, or one who is alive.


© Webster 1913.

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