spirits

Definitions

  • A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief
    A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spirits an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Methylated Spirit Burner Methylated Spirit Burner
Aeneas is visited by the spirit of his wife Aeneas is visited by the spirit of his wife
The Fire Spirit The Fire Spirit

Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A spirit to find fault is an enemy to your peace and comfort, and also to the happiness of those around you. It is the key to your destruction.”
  • Marvin Gaye
    Marvin Gaye
    “Most fear stems from sin; to limit one's sins, one must assuredly limit one's fear, thereby bringing more peace to one's spirit.”
  • Florence Nightingale
    Florence Nightingale
    “How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.”
  • Oprah Winfrey
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    “If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the Spirit.”
  • Ben Stein
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    “The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.”

Idioms

Dunkirk spirit - (UK) Dunkirk spirit is when people pull together to get through a very difficult time.
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In high spirits - If someone is in high spirits, they are in a very good mood or feeling confident about something.
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Kindred spirit - A kindred spirit is someone who feels and thinks the way you do.
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Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak - If the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, someone lacks the willpower to change things they do because they derive too much pleasure from them.
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Spirit of the law - The spirit of the law is the idea or ideas that the people who made the law wanted to have effect.
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Usage

In literature:

That is the old spirit!
"The Golden Dog" by William Kirby
Moreover, we have heard of a lying spirit sent to deceive prophets in a much higher creed.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
Through the bruteness and toughness of matter, a subtle spirit bends all things to its own will.
"Essays, First Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
He was a cheery spirit in spite of that, and gentle, but very noisy.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
The idea of his being lazy seemed to delight his whole spirit.
"A Spirit in Prison" by Robert Hichens
But evil spirits work best during a storm.
"Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada" by Washington Irving
Simple souls were bewildered by the conflict between the spirit of Christianity and the spirit of war.
"Now It Can Be Told" by Philip Gibbs
His features, cast in large mold, were clean-cut and comely, and he had frank blue eyes, somewhat sad, yet still full of spirit.
"The Man of the Forest" by Zane Grey
We must keep up your spirits, Mr. Dubourg.
"Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins
When Chiancungi and his sister Napala first attempted to call up spirits, they began with the spirit Bokim, in the twentieth degree.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Cleanse us from all defilement of flesh and spirit.
"Orthodox Daily Prayers" by Anonymous
Odjibwa set out in better spirits than he had done since leaving home.
"Algic Researches, Comprising Inquiries Respecting the Mental Characteristics of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 of 2" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
In such a place, at such a time, it might almost have been Wasayap on her way to meet the Heelhi-Manitou at the Passing Place of the Spirits.
"Menotah" by Ernest G. Henham
Also there were many thoughts such as are not especially good for the spirits of growing boys.
"The Strength of the Pines" by Edison Marshall
Dan was in great spirits, to which the spirits he had imbibed contributed a more than common share.
"The Deemster" by Hall Caine
Certainly such action was foreign to the intention of his author and the spirit of his selection, as well as to the spirit of art.
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
Be good to few left, and Great Spirit and redfaced spirits love you much.
"A Book Written by the Spirits of the So-Called Dead" by C. G. Helleberg
In view of all the facts, it is plain that a spirit or spirits caused the children to suffer.
"Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism" by Allen Putnam
The spirit, forever an exile among bodies, desires spirits.
"Titan: A Romance" by Jean Paul
If the spirit needs a body, still more does the body need a spirit.
"Christianity and Modern Thought" by Various
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In poetry:

This olden song, she used to sing,
Of love and sleep, is now a charm
To open mystic doors and bring
Her spirit form.
"Tones" by Madison Julius Cawein
When the tapers now burn blue,
And the comforters are few,
And that number more than true,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
"His Litany, To The Holy Spirit" by Robert Herrick
And there was neither blade of grass,
Nor lone star in the sky
But shook to see some spirit pass
And took its agony.
"The King's Pilgrimage" by Rudyard Kipling
The spirit of the darkness
Moved, ghost-like, everywhere;
Wherever starlight glimmered,
Its shadow, sure, fell there.
"Lake Como" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Thy Holy Spirit's praying grace
Give us in faith to claim;
To wrestle till we see Thy face,
And know Thy hidden name.
"Shepherd Divine, Our Wants Relieve" by Augustus Montague Toplady
"There cast my anchor of Desire
Deep in unknown Eternity;
Nor ever let my Spirit tire
With looking for What is to be.
"How beautiful the Earth is still" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

He welcomes readers' questions and comments about wine, beer or spirits.
The Del McCoury Band+Cahalen Morrison and Eli West+Spirit Family Reunion.
Vintage Wine and Spirits owner Curt Turner invites wine lovers to a Wine Pot Luck where guests buy any bottle to add to the tasting alongside everyone else's picks.
Vintage Wine and Spirits doesn't seem like your normal fit for Cityview's Belly Up feature.
Bruce Willis Sees Spirits in Equity Deal With Belvedere .
From this week's "Hey Thanks" cover story in the Scene, offering open thank-you letters in the spirit of the season.
Eric Benét skillfully maneuvers the balancing act and delivers a strong set in the process with this spirited nod to the '70s soul/funk that has influenced his career.
When off parole, his wayfaring spirit leads him to the bus station, followed by a homeless shelter, a jail cell and, if he's lucky, mental health treatment.
Flattergeister Waltz, Op 62 ("Restless Spirits" Waltz).
"Were but my spirit loosed upon the air".
Conservatism and the Spirit of Reform.
Famous for its cultural scene (Jacob’s Pillow, Tanglewood), the Berkshire area is becoming known for its food and spirits artisans, too.
The entire city is draped in holiday decorations and is guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit.
GOP Candidates Betray the Spirit of Reagan on Immigration Instead of throwing money at more enforcement, the laws need changing.
Step back in time to a country where an 8th century leader flew on the back of a tiger to rid the land of evil spirits.
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In science:

For gradient non-Gaussian models, some results in the same spirit have been obtained in , but they are not as precise as the ones obtained in the Gaussian model.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
However, in the spirit of the proposal shown in Fig. 1, we can consider basic building blocks made by a beam splitter, two phase shifters and two AOMs (as the one boxed in Fig. 3).
Simulation of quantum random walks using interference of classical field
Although we have chosen not to employ category theory here, its spirit is nevertheless pervasive throughout.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
Our picture of spin response in underdoped cuprates is similar in spirit to that of Rantner and Wen .
Theory of spin response in underdoped cuprates as strongly fluctuating d-wave superconductors
We then derive geometric bounds for the constants involved in these inequalities in the spirit of .
Convergence to equilibrium for finite Markov processes, with application to the Random Energy Model
This would then in a spirit similar to lead to an upper bound on L.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
Working in the spirit of disordered systems, we would have a probability measure over the quenched disorder variables Jik .
General duality for abelian-group-valued statistical-mechanics models
Many results exist on the sub ject (cfr., for example, , chapt. 5), derived in the spirit of generality characteristic of Matroid Theory.
General duality for abelian-group-valued statistical-mechanics models
Another goal was to define and study the “generalized complex category”, in the spirit of , .
Submanifolds of generalized complex manifolds
The following definition is somewhat similar in spirit to the definition of generalized Lagrangian subspaces.
Submanifolds of generalized complex manifolds
These are topologically defined finite-dimensional integrals, so there is a certain similarity in spirit with Witten’s formulation of the 2D quantum gravity, discussed in Section 2.1.2.
The uses of random partitions
Naively speaking, the LDA+DMFT method [23,24] treats d- and f -electrons in spirit of DMFT and s, p-electrons in spirit of LDA.
Nonquasiparticle states in half-metallic ferromagnet NiMnSb
It is important to note that all of the above expressions for the self-energy, in the spirit of the DMFT approach, involve the Weiss Green function.
Nonquasiparticle states in half-metallic ferromagnet NiMnSb
We proceed in the spirit of our previous work on the RRN.
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
For more general disorder degrees of freedom and types of correlations including the ensembles of random graphs considered here, this argument can be adapted in the spirit of Luck’s reasoning for the case of aperiodic structures16 as follows.
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
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