Pronunciation: (liv'ing), [key]
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 pertaining 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. very; absolute (used as an intensifier): to scare the living daylights out of someone.
1. the act or condition of a person or thing that lives: Living is very expensive these days.
2. the means of maintaining life; livelihood: to earn one's living.
3. a particular manner, state, or status of life: luxurious living.
4. (used with a pl. v.) living persons collectively (usually prec. by the): glad to be among the living.
5. Brit.the benefice of a clergyman.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.