Being
Being Be"ing, n. 1. Existence, as opposed to nonexistence; state or sphere of existence. [1913 Webster]

In Him we live, and move, and have our being. --Acts xvii. 28. [1913 Webster]

2. That which exists in any form, whether it be material or spiritual, actual or ideal; living existence, as distinguished from a thing without life; as, a human being; spiritual beings. [1913 Webster]

What a sweet being is an honest mind ! --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

A Being of infinite benevolence and power. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

3. Lifetime; mortal existence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Claudius, thou Wast follower of his fortunes in his being. --Webster (1654). [1913 Webster]

4. An abode; a cottage. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright. [1913 Webster]

It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger's servants] into little beings within my manor. --Steele. [1913 Webster]


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  • being — [bē′iŋ] n. [see BE] 1. the state or fact of existing or living; existence or life 2. fundamental or essential nature 3. one who lives or exists, or is assumed to do so [a human being, a divine being] 4. all the physical and mental qualities that… …   English World dictionary

  • being — [n1] existence actuality, animation, journey, life, living, presence, reality, subsistence, vitality, world; concept 407 Ant. deadness being [n2] essential nature character, entity, essence, essentia, essentiality, individuality, marrow,… …   New thesaurus

  • Being — Be ing, adv. Since; inasmuch as. [Obs. or Colloq.] [1913 Webster] And being you have Declined his means, you have increased his malice. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • being — (n.) c.1300, condition, state, circumstances; presence, fact of existing, early 14c., existence, from BE (Cf. be) (q.v.) + ING (Cf. ing). Sense of that which physically exists, person or thing (e.g. human being) is from late 14c …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Being — In ontology (the study of being) being is anything that can be said to be , either transcendentally or immanently.The nature of being varies by philosophy, giving different interpretations in the frameworks of Aristotle, materialism, idealism,… …   Wikipedia

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