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A nonliving thing is no longer living or has never had the traits of life including respiration, reproduction, movement, metabolism, sensitivity and growth. Nonliving things do not require energy to continue existing in their current state.


Living and nonliving things bear commonalities in that they are both comprised of matter, obey physical laws and tend toward states of minimum energy. Living things are different in that they can repair damage, grow and reproduce.


Living things are made up of cells, maintain homeostasis, move, feed, grow, reproduce, respire, respond to environmental stimuli and excrete waste, while nonliving things do not have all of these characteristics. Biologists define life using a body of traits that living...


Unlike nonliving things, living things grow and reproduce, sense and respond to changes in their environment, and assimilate nutrients. Living things also possess cells and DNA as their basic units of life, units that are lacking in nonliving things.


Living and nonliving things interact with each other by forming an ecosystem, where living things can obtain nutrients and energy from nonliving things through chemical processes. The nonliving things in an environment are known as abiotic factors, while living things a...


A nonliving thing is an object that is not currently alive and has never been alive, such as a sheet of glass, a rock, sand, a sofa or a watch. Nonliving things do not express all of the seven characteristics of living things, although they may express one or two.


Bacteria are single-celled living organisms. They are considered to be among the earliest forms of life and have been on Earth for about 4 billion years. The word "bacterium" is derived from the Greek wording meaning "cane" because the first to be discovered were shaped...