['biːɪŋ] or ['biɪŋ]
(noun.) the state or fact of existing; 'a point of view gradually coming into being'; 'laws in existence for centuries'.
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(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Be
(p. pr.) Existing.
(n.) Existence, as opposed to nonexistence; state or sphere of existence.
(n.) 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.
(n.) Lifetime; mortal existence.
(n.) An abode; a cottage.
(adv.) Since; inasmuch as.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
. Existence, subsistence.. Creature, substance, thing.
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n. existence: substance: essence: any person or thing existing.—adj. Bē′ing existing present.—adj. Bē′ingless.—n. Bē′ingness.
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- Being merely sheltered by others would not promote growth. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.
- Mr. Wopsle in a comprehensive black cloak, being descried entering at the turnpike, the gravedigger was admonished in a friendly way, Look out! Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- But still the disappointed father held a strong lever; and Fred felt as if he were being banished with a malediction. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- The latter peculiarity took the form of a dislike to being left alone, especially after dark. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- Why, I was afraid of being shot, said Alvanly, very quietly. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- It would be difficult to find a human being less likely to arouse affection. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- He was born in the tenth year of our marriage, just when I had given up all hope of being a father. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- Being delivered into the charge of the ma?tresse, I was led through a long narrow passage into a foreign kitchen, very clean but very strange. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Still, a person may hesitate about the probability of the son of a king being a philosopher. Plato. The Republic.
- Not but what myself and Micawber have our hands pretty full, in general, on account of Mr. Wickfield's being hardly fit for any occupation, sir. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- No my dear lady, in regard to my being employed just now, looking out for work. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- I now take my farewell of your ladyship, and assure you that there's no danger of your ever being waited on by me again. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Being the most polite of men, he seized the opportunity of assisting the Professor's anatomical amusements on the spot. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- The rods to be welded are placed in clamps C C′, C being connected with one terminal of the secondary conductor S, and the movable clamp C′ with the other. Edward W. Byrn. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- As I made my way, so my son must make his; and his being married at present is out of the question. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- A struggle for existence inevitably follows from the high rate at which all organic beings tend to increase. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- Winifred did not notice human beings unless they were like herself, playful and slightly mocking. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- That you and the Maria should make use of what time there is as two human beings. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- I could not see how human beings could enjoy the sufferings of beasts, and often of men, as they seemed to do on these occasions. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- I remembered the ancient fables, in which human beings are described as dissolving away through weeping into ever-gushing fountains. Mary Shelley. The Last Man.
- Human beings have desires that are far more important than the tools and toys and churches they make to satisfy them. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- Why are not all organic beings blended together in an inextricable chaos? Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- The mines, for him, were primarily great fields to produce bread and plenty for all the hundreds of human beings gathered about them. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- The truth was driven home upon him that political science is a science of human relationship with the human beings left out. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- How did he know, who knew nothing of the customs of human beings? Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- You are one of those beings who must be _kept down_. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Yet why were these gentle beings unhappy? Mary Shelley. Frankenstein_Or_The Modern Prometheus.
- Language gives a fuller image, which is all the better for beings vague. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- The real affinities of all organic beings, in contradistinction to their adaptive resemblances, are due to inheritance or community of descent. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- This quality, therefore, consists in the relations of objects to intelligent and rational beings. David Hume. A Treatise of Human Nature.
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