Laving Lav"ing, a. [From Live, v. i.] 1. Being alive; having life; as, a living creature. 2. Active; lively; vigorous; -- said esp. of states of the mind, and sometimes of abstract things; as, a living faith; a living principle. `` Living hope. ' --Wyclif. 3. Issuing continually from the earth; running; flowing; as, a living spring; -- opposed to stagnant. 4. Producing life, action, animation, or vigor; quickening. ``Living light.' --Shak. 5. Ignited; glowing with heat; burning; live. Then on the living coals wine they pour. --Dryden. Living force. See Vis viva, under Vis. Living gale (Naut.), a heavy gale. Living rock or stone, rock in its native or original state or location; rock not quarried. `` I now found myself on a rude and narrow stairway, the steps of which were cut out of the living rock.' --Moore. The living, those who are alive, or one who is alive.