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VI'TAL, a. [L. vitalis, from vita, life. This must be a contraction of victa, for vivo forms vixi, victus; Gr. contracted.]

1. Pertaining to life, either animal or vegetable; as vital energies; vital powers.

2. Contributing to life; necessary to life; as vital air; vital blood.

3. Containing life.

Spirits that live throughout, vital in every part - and vital virtue infus'd, and vital warmth.

4. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.

The dart flew on, and pierc'd a vital part.

5. Very necessary; highly important; essential. Religion is a business of vital concern. Peace is of vital importance to our country.

6. So disposed as to live.

Pythagoras and Hippocrates affirm the birth of the seventh month to be vital. [Little used.]

Vital air, pure air or oxygen gas, which is essential to animal life.



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VI'TAL, a. [L. vitalis, from vita, life. This must be a contraction of victa, for vivo forms vixi, victus; Gr. contracted.]

1. Pertaining to life, either animal or vegetable; as vital energies; vital powers.

2. Contributing to life; necessary to life; as vital air; vital blood.

3. Containing life.

Spirits that live throughout, vital in every part - and vital virtue infus'd, and vital warmth.

4. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.

The dart flew on, and pierc'd a vital part.

5. Very necessary; highly important; essential. Religion is a business of vital concern. Peace is of vital importance to our country.

6. So disposed as to live.

Pythagoras and Hippocrates affirm the birth of the seventh month to be vital. [Little used.]

Vital air, pure air or oxygen gas, which is essential to animal life.

VI'TAL, a. [L. vitalis, from vita, life. This must be a contraction of victa, for vivo forms vixi, victus; Gr. βιος, from βιοω, contracted.]

  1. Pertaining to life, either animal or vegetable; as, vital energies; vital powers.
  2. Contributing to life; necessary to life; as, vital air; vital blood.
  3. Containing life. Spirits that live throughout, / Vital in every part. – Milton. And vital virtue infus'd, and vital warmth. – Milton.
  4. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends. The dart flew on, and pierc'd a vital part. – Pope.
  5. Very necessary; highly important; essential. Religion is a business of vital concern. Peace is of vital importance to our country.
  6. So disposed as to live. Pythagoras and Hippocrates affirm the birth of the seventh month to be vital. [Little used.] – Brown. Vital air, oxygen gas, which is essential to animal life.

Vi"tal
  1. Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable; as, vital energies; vital functions; vital actions.
  2. A vital part; one of the vitals.

    [R.]
  3. Contributing to life; necessary to, or supporting, life; as, vital blood.

    Do the heavens afford him vital food? Spenser.

    And vital virtue infused, and vital warmth. Milton.

  4. Containing life; living.

    "Spirits that live throughout, vital in every part." Milton.
  5. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends; mortal.

    The dart flew on, and pierced a vital part. Pope.

  6. Very necessary; highly important; essential.

    A competence is vital to content. Young.

  7. Capable of living; in a state to live; viable.

    [R.]

    Pythagoras and Hippocrates . . . affirm the birth of the seventh month to be vital. Sir T. Browne.

    Vital air, oxygen gas; -- so called because essential to animal life. [Obs.] -- Vital capacity (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. -- Vital force. (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. -- Vital functions (Physiol.), those functions or actions of the body on which life is directly dependent, as the circulation of the blood, digestion, etc. -- Vital principle, an immaterial force, to which the functions peculiar to living beings are ascribed. -- Vital statistics, statistics respecting the duration of life, and the circumstances affecting its duration. -- Vital tripod. (Physiol.) See under Tripod. -- Vital vessels (Bot.), a name for latex tubes, now disused. See Latex.

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Vital

VI'TAL, adjective [Latin vitalis, from vita, life. This must be a contraction of victa, for vivo forms vixi, victus; Gr. contracted.]

1. Pertaining to life, either animal or vegetable; as vital energies; vital powers.

2. Contributing to life; necessary to life; as vital air; vital blood.

3. Containing life.

Spirits that live throughout, vital in every part - and vital virtue infus'd, and vital warmth.

4. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.

The dart flew on, and pierc'd a vital part.

5. Very necessary; highly important; essential. Religion is a business of vital concern. Peace is of vital importance to our country.

6. So disposed as to live.

Pythagoras and Hippocrates affirm the birth of the seventh month to be vital [Little used.]

Vital air, pure air or oxygen gas, which is essential to animal life.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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LOZ'ENGE, n. [Gr. oblique, and a corner.]

1. Originally, a figure with four equal sides, having two acute and two obtuse angles; a rhomb.

2. In heraldry, a four-cornered figure, resembling a pane of glass in old casements.

3. Among jewelers, lozenges are common to brilliants and rose diamonds. In brilliants, they are formed by the meeting of the skill and the star facets on the bezil; in the latter, by the meeting of the facets in the horizontal ribs of the crown.

4. A form of medicine in small pieces, to be chewed or held in the mouth till melted.

5. In confectionary, a small cake of preserved fruit, or of sugar, &c.

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