living thing


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Noun1.living thing - a living (or once living) entityliving thing - a living (or once living) entity  
whole, unit - an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
life - living things collectively; "the oceans are teeming with life"
biont - a discrete unit of living matter
cell - (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals
viability - (of living things) capable of normal growth and development
young, immature - (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth; "young people"
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The living thing did I follow; I walked in the broadest and narrowest paths to learn its nature.
An attempt and a risk seemed all commanding unto me; and whenever it commandeth, the living thing risketh itself thereby.
And the better those are who are governed the better also is the government, as for instance of man, rather than the brute creation: for the more excellent the materials are with which the work is finished, the more excellent certainly is the work; and wherever there is a governor and a governed, there certainly is some work produced; for whatsoever is composed of many parts, which jointly become one, whether conjunct or separate, evidently show the marks of governing and governed; and this is true of every living thing in all nature; nay, even in some things which partake not of life, as in music; but this probably would be a disquisition too foreign to our present purpose.
I remember his putting his hand up to feel of the wound on his head, and my watching the biceps move like a living thing under its white sheath.
Never mind," said the shaggy man; "as long as I carry the Love Magnet every living thing will love me, and you may be sure I shan't allow any of my friends to be harmed in any way.
It must have been early in the evening, yet I do not recollect a light in any of the houses nor a living thing in the streets.
Suddenly, as the child rolled downward on its mother's knees, all wet with snow, its eyes were caught by a bright glancing light on the white ground, and, with the ready transition of infancy, it was immediately absorbed in watching the bright living thing running towards it, yet never arriving.
As yet, with the exception of the /pauw/, we had seen no living thing on the mountain, nor had we come across a single spring or stream of water, which struck us as very odd, considering the expanse of snow above us, which must, we thought, melt sometimes.
With joy they hailed it, the only living thing in that wilderness of ice.
All along the white beach, up and down, there was no living thing in sight.
In no living thing are the lines of beauty more exquisitely defined than in the crescentic borders of these flukes.
Perhaps they expected to find no living things--certainly no intelligent living things.