from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. The vital body organs.
- n.pl. The parts essential to continued functioning, as of a system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Those organs of the body that are essential for life.
- n. Those parts of a system without which it cannot function.
- n. vital signs
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Organs that are necessary for life; more especially, the heart, lungs, and brain.
- n.pl. Fig.: The part essential to the life or health of anything.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The viscera necessary for vital processes; those interior parts or organs which are essential to life, as the brain, heart, lungs, and stomach: a vague general term.
- The part of any complex whole that is essential to its life or existence, or to a sound state: as, corruption of manners preys upon the vitals of a state.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bodily organ that is essential for life
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The shot placement and the ability of the firearm and shooter to put it in the vitals is the most important factor over anyone's top ten list.
As someone else said, a clean shot to the vitals is the most merciful death a hunted animal will face.
But I understand where you coming from, ground up vitals is death sooner or later.
I don't know if you can guarantee that every deer shot in the vitals is going to go down.
But lit she fire in vitals mine still flaring fierce and high,
But from 1685 to 1688 this man was absolute master of England and her colonies; and the disease which he bred in English vitals was hardly cured even by the sharp medicine of the Boyne.
Aim for where the vitals ought to be and hope the bullet busts through the brush to find its mark?
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Know that those parts are called the vitals of the body.
What twisted the knife in her vitals was the way the profligate rich scattered about them, in extravagant chatter over their extravagant pleasures and sins, an amount of money that would have held the stricken household of her frightened childhood, her poor pinched mother and tormented father and lost brother and starved sister, together for a lifetime.