• WordNet 3.6
    • n vitalism (philosophy) a doctrine that life is a vital principle distinct from physics and chemistry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wood frogs can be frozen solid and then thawed, and continue living. They use the glucose in their body to protect their vital organs while they are in a frozen state
    • n Vitalism (Biol) The doctrine that all the functions of a living organism are due to an unknown vital principle distinct from all chemical and physical forces.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Alexander the Great made his troops eat onions as he believed it would prove their vitality
    • n vitalism In biology, the doctrine that ascribes all the functions of an organism to a vital principle distinct from chemical and other physical forces.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some frogs use sugars as an antifreeze for vital organs
    • ns Vitalism the doctrine that there is a vital principle distinct from the organisation of living bodies, which directs all their actions and functions
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    “The most vital thing in a man's life is his mental attitude.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.”
  • Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
    “We let folks know we're interested in them and that they're vital to us. cause they are.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “It's vital the monarchy keeps in touch with the people. It's what I try and do.”
  • John A. Piece
    John A. Piece
    “Communication is not only the essence of being human, but also a vital property of life.”


Gnaw your vitals - If something gnaws your vitals, it troubles you greatly and affects you at a very deep level. ('Gnaw at your vitals' is also used.)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vitalisvita, life—vivĕre, to live; cog. with Gr. bios, life.


In literature:

Help in getting a firm grip on the vital issues of life.
"Principles of Teaching" by Adam S. Bennion
In general it may be said that the vitalized teacher renders the school vital.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
With an almost sharp movement he sat forward in his chair, braced up, alert, vital.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
To be so preoccupied with vitality is a symptom of anaemia.
"Winds Of Doctrine" by George Santayana
But a new and terrible vitality possessed him.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
She was fresh as the morning itself and as full of exuberant vitality.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
Personality plays a vital part in a speaker's success.
"Successful Methods of Public Speaking" by Grenville Kleiser
Dr. Gosse ascribes it to a somewhat low and sluggish vitality of physical spirits.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman
This was a matter of vital importance to him, and this man seemed able to insulate himself against either threat or suggestion.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Excessive rain at the vital time prevented my completion of the work.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Vital activities, if we must shun the term "vital force," do both.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
Jerry and Michael McAlpin, with little Jerry-Jo, the son of old Jerry, were vital factors in Kenmore.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
And the reason the story of their love is vital to us is because their love was vital to them.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
There is nothing more vital.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Life, vital energy, is not due, as is universally thought, to chemical combustion, but to vital replenishment.
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
The first object of exercise is to make a vital supply for the whole body.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
It is the vital fact at the bottom of change.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
That is the great, the vital difference.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Her vitality, however, seemed lowered.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It would be a mistake, however, to confuse formal truthfulness with inspiring vitality.
"The Bible and Life" by Edwin Holt Hughes

In poetry:

"And vital feelings of delight
Shall rear her form to stately height,
Her virgin bosom swell;
Such thoughts to Lucy I will give
While she and I together live
Here in this happy dell."
"Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower" by William Wordsworth
Those corpses of young men,
Those martyrs that hang from the gibbets—those hearts pierc'd by the
gray lead,
Cold and motionless as they seem, live elsewhere with unslaughter'd
"Europe, The 72d And 73d Years Of These States" by Walt Whitman
Most of our loss in the times that have vanished,
Most of our victories, most of our longing,
Most that is vital:
Deeds of the past and the future's bold daring
Peasants are bearing, peasants are bearing.
"May Seventeenth" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Vital spark of heav’nly flame!
Quit, O quit this mortal frame:
Trembling, hoping, ling’ring, flying,
O the pain, the bliss of dying!
Cease, fond Nature, cease thy strife,
And let me languish into life.
"The Dying Christian to His Soul" by Alexander Pope
The evening shadows fall upon the grave
On which I sit; it is no common heap,—
Below its turf are laid the bones of one,
Who, sick of life and misery, did quench
The vital spark which in his bosom burn’d.
"The Suicide’s Grave (From The German)" by George Borrow
Striving is life, yet life is striving;
I fight to live, yet live to fight;
The vital urge is in my driving,
Yet I must drive with all my might:
Each day a battle, and the fray
Stoutly renewed the coming day.
"Striving" by Robert W Service

In news:

Have we any idea how vitally important it is for our kids to know how to make 911 calls.
Booster clubs vital for some Chattanooga area school sports teams.
Even if you don't know who's spouting them, comedy catchphrases are a vital part of the popular lexicon.
But the news media in effect censor that vital information.
In the first of a two-part interview, the co-author of "The Arc of Ambition" explains what makes ambition vital to leadership.
Yeah, I know, they play a vital role in the grand food chain blah blah blah.
Public broadcasting provides vital services to communities around the country.
View full size Anthony J. Causi/New York Post Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby will be vital in helping the Knicks build cohesion .
Live musicians vital to Broadway performances.
How engraving and photography concealed , and revealed, the vital role African-Americans played in the Civil War railroad.
Wind power is cost efficient and should be a vital part of our country's energy strategy.
Check Your Parts Department 's Vital Signs.
Indexes of vital records in Utah including images of death certificates from 1905 to 1956.
At 35th anniversary show at the Granada last night, X still sounded as young and vital as ever.
Lewontin's balanced review of books on genetically modified food fails to explain that such foods may become vital for the survival of large sections of the rising world population.

In science:

Our new result, which was vital in our second-moment analysis in Lemma 4.11 and Theorem 5.8, concerns the joint conditional probability of events as in (A.4) associated with two (distinct) sites Theorem A.2.
Resonant delocalization for random Schr\"odinger operators on tree graphs
These advancements are going to be vital for analyzing the observations of the next-generation survey telescopes.
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
Concentration and moment inequalities are vital for many applications in Discrete Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science, Operations Research, Machine Learning and other fields.
Concentration and Moment Inequalities for Polynomials of Independent Random Variables
Beam tests a naturally vital for the success of R&D of the detectors.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
Such comparisons are vital and enable us to gain a practical sense of the limitations and any intrinsic bias of these techniques in a more controlled environment.
Shedding Light on the Galaxy Luminosity Function
The question of the validity of Eq.(6) is vital in other contexts, such as the propagation of sound and the determination of critical parameters in gaseous mixtures.
Relativistic thermodynamics
Importance of this post-processing stems from the fact that many of its applications were designed to use perfect randomness, and, in fact, vitally require it for a reasonable performance.
Encryption with Weakly Random Keys Using Quantum Ciphertext
Nevertheless it remains vital to pin some of the hypothetical Hidden Galaxies down.
The galaxy ancestor problem
Understanding of these properties is vital to gain insights on the generic resolution of singularities in quantum gravity and the underlying requirements for geodesic completeness.
Contrasting features of anisotropic loop quantum cosmologies: the role of spatial curvature
Thus, an approach which provides these tools in a way that scales to these datasets is not just desirable, it is vital.
Discussion on "Techniques for Massive-Data Machine Learning in Astronomy" by A. Gray
However, in an almost completely ignored paper, Rozanov (1977) provided the vital characterisation of Markovian Gaussian random fields in terms of their power spectra.
Think continuous: Markovian Gaussian models in spatial statistics
In this respect, a vital ingredient of physics, namely quantum theory has had a crucial role, inasmuch as ‘quantum computation’ – still under active development–has a great potential for a significantly faster action than its classical counterpart.
Mathematics : The Language of Science
In this respect the vital role of checking or verification is crucial .
Mathematics : The Language of Science
The following lemma will allow us to approximate Fω in K by approximating ω in Ω, which will be of vital importance in the subsequent Lemma 3.3 (continuity properties).
Dimension and measure for typical random fractals
This task, called resource discovery , is a vital mechanism in a dynamic distributed network with many applications [16, 1]: when many nodes in the system want to interact and cooperate they need a mechanism to discover the existence of one another.
Discovery through Gossip