from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of life: synonym: living.
- adjective Necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining.
- adjective Used or done on a living cell or tissue.
- adjective Concerned with or recording data pertinent to lives.
- adjective Full of life or energy; animated.
- adjective Necessary to continued existence or effectiveness.
- adjective Extremely important; essential.
- adjective Destructive to life; fatal.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Of or pertaining to life, either animal or vegetable: as, vital energies.
- Contributing to life; necessary to life: as,vital air; vital blood.
- Containing life; living.
- Being the seat of life; being that on which life, depends; hence, essential to existence; indispensable.
- Capable of living; viable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable
- adjective Contributing to life; necessary to, or supporting, life.
- adjective Containing life; living.
- adjective Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends; mortal.
- adjective Very necessary; highly important; essential.
- adjective rare Capable of living; in a state to live; viable.
- adjective [Obs.] oxygen gas; -- so called because essential to animal life.
- adjective (Physiol.) the breathing capacity of the lungs; -- expressed by the number of cubic inches of air which can be forcibly exhaled after a full inspiration.
- adjective (Biol.) See under
Force. The vital forces, according to Cope, are nerve force ( neurism), growth force ( bathmism), and thought force ( phrenism), all under the direction and control of the vital principle. Apart from the phenomena of consciousness, vital actions no longer need to be considered as of a mysterious and unfathomable character, nor vital force as anything other than a form of physical energy derived from, and convertible into, other well-known forces of nature.
- adjective (Physiol.) those functions or actions of the body on which life is directly dependent, as the circulation of the blood, digestion, etc.
- adjective an immaterial force, to which the functions peculiar to living beings are ascribed.
- adjective statistics respecting the duration of life, and the circumstances affecting its duration.
- adjective (Physiol.) See under
- adjective (Bot.) a name for latex tubes, now disused. See
- noun rare A vital part; one of the vitals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Relating to, or characteristic of
- adjective Necessary to the
continuationof life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.
- adjective Necessary to continued
- adjective Relating to the
recordingof life events.
- adjective Very
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective manifesting or characteristic of life
- adjective full of spirit
- adjective urgently needed; absolutely necessary
- adjective performing an essential function in the living body
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vītālis, from vīta, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]
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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vītālis ("of life, life-giving"), from vīta ("life"), from vīvō ("live").
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