American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See élan vital.
- n. The hypothetical principle that animates all living organisms
- n. An impulse or influence that gives something life or vitality
- n. (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
“Nias life force was stronger than even Id imagined.”
“Bob, who was the life force of the unit, the Boss of Drogheda, but in such an unobtrusive way; Jack, who merely seemed to follow Bob around, or maybe it was just that they got along so well together; Hughie, who had a streak of mischief the other two did not, and yet so very like them; Jims and Patsy, the positive and negative sides of a self-sufficient whole; and poor quenched Frank, the only one who seemed plagued by fear and insecurity.”
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