from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Force; power.
  • noun Physical force.
  • noun Moral power.
  • noun (Mech.) the principle that the difference between the aggregate work of the accelerating forces of a system and that of the retarding forces is equal to one half the vis viva accumulated or lost in the system while the work is being done.
  • noun (Mech.) force exerted, as in moving a body, or changing the direction of its motion; impressed force.
  • noun Inertness; inactivity.
  • noun (Mech.) dead force; force doing no active work, but only producing pressure.
  • noun (Physiol.) vital force.
  • noun (Mech.) living force; the force of a body moving against resistance, or doing work, in distinction from vis mortua, or dead force; the kinetic energy of a moving body; the capacity of a moving body to do work by reason of its being in motion. See Kinetic energy, in the Note under Energy. The term vis viva is not usually understood to include that part of the kinetic energy of the body which is due to the vibrations of its molecules.


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  • I'm not sure if D ever mentioned this to you, but the tiny island of Vis is just a ferry away from Split, and from there you can take a boat to see the blue cave on the island of Bisevo.

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  • There's a little village called Visé near the Dutch frontier; some old chap got fooling there with a fowling-piece; and they've wiped it out.

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  • "At the start of the trial we were portrayed as these vicious barbarians who had no respect for human lives and drove around planting bombs everywhere," testified Gerhardus "Vis" Visagie.

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  • Reuters Ronald Van Der Vis, chief executive of fashion retailer Esprit Holdings, at a news conference presenting the company's annual results in Hong Kong on Thursday.

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