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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbiːɪŋ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈbiɪŋ/, /ˈbiŋ/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -iːɪŋ, -ɪŋ
- Hyphenation: be‧ing
- A living creature.
- 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, page 126:
- Minute grew into minute, and still there was no sign of life, nor did the curtain move; but I felt the gaze of the unknown being sinking through and through me, and filling me with a nameless terror, till the perspiration stood in beads upon my brow.
- The state or fact of existence, consciousness, or life, or something in such a state.
- (philosophy) That which has actuality (materially or in concept).
- (philosophy) One's basic nature, or the qualities thereof; essence or personality.
- (obsolete) An abode; a cottage.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)
- 1712 December 5, Richard Steele, “MONDAY, November 24, 1712 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 544; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, […], volume VI, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
- It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger's servants] into little beings within my manor.
- (a living creature): See also Thesaurus:creature
- (the state or fact of existence): See also Thesaurus:existence
a living creature
the state or fact of existence
- (obsolete) Given that; since.
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:, New York Review Books 2001, p.280:
- ’Tis a hard matter therefore to confine them, being they are so various and many […].
- “being” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN.
- “being” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "being" in the Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version), K Dictionaries limited, 2000-2006.
- "being" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.