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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The soul or vital spirit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a neume
  • n. the spirit or soul
  • n. one of three levels of a human being, the spirit, along with the body and soul

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Breath; spirit; soul.
  • n. A breathing,
  • n. In theology, the spirit; the highest in man and the seat of the divine indwelling, as distinguished from the soul, the seat of the natural human life.

Etymologies

Greek; see pneu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek πνεῦμα (pneuma, "wind, breath, spirit"), from πνέω (pneō, "I blow, breathe") (Wiktionary)

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