from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of being weak or feeble; infirmity.
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- n. A state of physical or mental weakness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being weak; weakness; feebleness; languor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being weak or feeble; feebleness; lack of strength or vigor.
- n. Specifically In medicine, that condition of the body, or of any of its organs, in which the vital functions are discharged with less than normal vigor, the amount of power and activity displayed being reduced.
- n. In astrology, a weakness of a planet, due to its position: the reverse of a dignity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
It should be added, that a temporary quantity of strength or debility may be induced by the defect or excess of stimulus above what is natural; and that in the same fever _debility always exists during the cold fit, though strength does not always exist during the hot fit.
The rehab vibe, however, the smell of generalized debility, is a constant.
Thus, voluntary starvation that results in a debility is a self-inflicted injury.
Cactuses is no doubt debility, which is the result of the absence of some necessary condition when the plants are cultivated in houses or windows in this country.
Masturbation prevents the excitability of the nervous system and sexual organs and causes debility, which is indicated by the premature discharge of semen during sexual intercourse.
"There is an extreme debility, that is all," he went on quite cheerfully;
But if there is a marked increase over the amount usual for the individual, if great weakness and prostration is produced, either at the time or afterward, it may be called profuse, and the cause may be either debility, that is weakness, or plethora, which means fullness.
The particular causes, to a greater or less extent, perhaps do apply in all cases; but the general one, -- nervous debility, which is the key and conductor of all the particular ones, and without which they would be utterly harmless, -- though it does pertain to you, does not pertain to one in a thousand.
How different from this, is that unevenness and irregularity of feeling, the succession of excitement and languid debility, which is produced by intoxicating liquors.
Hence the tremours of the hands of people accustomed to vinous spirit, till they take their usual stimulus; hence the quick pulse in fevers attended with debility, which is greater than in fevers attended with strength; in the latter the pulse seldom beats above 120 times in a minute, in the former it frequently exceeds 140.
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