from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The overall condition of an organism at a given time.
- n. Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.
- n. A condition of optimal well-being: concerned about the ecological health of the area.
- n. A wish for someone's good health, often expressed as a toast.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall level of function of an organism from the cellular (micro) level to the social (macro) level.
- n. Physical condition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being hale, sound, or whole, in body, mind, or soul; especially, the state of being free from physical disease or pain.
- n. A wish of health and happiness, as in pledging a person in a toast.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Soundness of body; that condition of a living organism and of its various parts and functions which conduces to efficient and prolonged life; a normal bodily condition.
- n. In an extended use, the general condition of the body with reference to the degree of soundness and vigor, whether normal or impaired: as, good health; ill health; how is your health?
- n. Natural vigor of the faculties; moral or intellectual soundness.
- n. Power of healing, or giving health; capacity for restoring, strengthening, enlightening, purifying, etc.: chiefly in Scripture.
- n. A salutation or a toast; an invocation of health and happiness for another: as, to drink a health to one.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease
- n. the general condition of body and mind
Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlth; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlþ. (Wiktionary)