Etymology
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living (adj.)

c. 1200, "alive, not dead," also "residing, staying," present-participle adjective from live (v.)). Replaced Old English lifende "living, having life." Of water, "constantly flowing," late 14c., a biblical idiom. Of rock, stone, etc., "in its original state and place," from Latin use of vivus in reference to unwrought stone. Living dead was used from early 18c. in various figurative senses ("those who though dead live in their writings," etc.), from 1919 in reference to those who have died and been revived. From 1971 in reference to zombies, vampires, etc.

living (n.)

"living persons," late Old English; early 14c. as "the fact of dwelling in some place," verbal noun from live (v.). The meaning "manner of course or living" is mid-14c.; that of "action, process, or method of gaining one's livelihood" is attested from c. 1400.

To make a living or a livelihood is to earn enough to keep alive on with economy, not barely enough to maintain life, nor sufficient to live in luxury. [Century Dictionary]

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Definitions of living
1
living (adj.)
(used of minerals or stone) in its natural state and place; not mined or quarried;
carved into the living stone
living (adj.)
pertaining to living persons;
within living memory
living (adj.)
true to life; lifelike;
the living image of her mother
living (adj.)
(informal) absolute;
scared the living daylights out of them
beat the living hell out of him
she is a living doll
living (adj.)
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
Synonyms: surviving
living (adj.)
still in active use;
a living language
2
living (n.)
the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities;
Synonyms: life
living (n.)
people who are still living;
save your pity for the living
living (n.)
the condition of living or the state of being alive;
Synonyms: animation / life / aliveness
living (n.)
the financial means whereby one lives;
Synonyms: support / keep / livelihood / bread and butter / sustenance
From wordnet.princeton.edu