• WordNet 3.6
    • n vigor an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing) "his writing conveys great energy","a remarkable muscularity of style"
    • n vigor active strength of body or mind
    • n vigor forceful exertion "he plays tennis with great energy","he's full of zip"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vigor Active strength or force of body or mind; capacity for exertion, physically, intellectually, or morally; force; energy. "The vigor of this arm was never vain."
    • Vigor Strength or force in animal or vegetable nature or action; as, a plant grows with vigor .
    • Vigor Strength; efficacy; potency. "But in the fruithful earth . . . His beams, unactive else, their vigor find."
    • v. t Vigor To invigorate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vigor Active strength or force of body; physical force; a flourishing physical condition; also, strength of mind; mental health and power; by extension, force of healthy growth in plants.
    • n vigor Strength or force in general; powerful or energetic action; energy; efficacy; potency.
    • n vigor Synonyms Health, haleness, soundness, robustness, bloom, thriftiness.
    • n vigor Might, power.
    • vigor To invigorate.
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  • Bishop Robert South
    Bishop Robert South
    “Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.”
  • Patrick Henry
    “Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vigour, vigor, OF. vigor, vigur, vigour, F. vigueur, fr. L. vigor, fr. vigere, to be lively or strong. See Vegetable Vigil


In literature:

This will secure a vigorous growth of the scion.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Our energies have been made vigorous in vicious employments.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
The grafts made a vigorous growth but only two out of eleven lived through the winter.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The day was so cold, and the smooth ice expanse so great, that the vigorous exercise did everybody good.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
An honest, vigorous thinker will clear away these ruins and begin anew at the earth.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
Plowing, hoeing, mowing, everything he does on the farm gives him vigor and strength.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Foliage large and vigorous.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The farmer lifted one end of the canvas, and gave it a vigorous jerk, thus liberating the dog, who began to prance about his master.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
Man seems to lack something of the vigor of the animal instinct on awakening.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
The plant is strong and vigorous and somewhat spreading in habit of growth.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association

In poetry:

`And here, on this delightful day,
I cannot choose but think
How oft, a vigorous man, I lay
Beside this fountain's brink.
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
Mere mortal power shall fade and die,
And youthful vigor cease:
But we that wait upon the Lord
Shall feel our strength increase.
"Hymn 32" by Isaac Watts
At her Command the vigorous Summer pines,
And wintry Clouds obscure the hopeful Year,
At her strong bidding gloomy Winter shines,
And vernal Roses on the Snows appear.
"Elegy V" by James Hammond
Still do we hold — not now the presence human,
Kind, fearless eye, frank hand, and vigorous form —
But, closer yet, the inner and the true man
That steered us through the storm;
"The Bishop Of Winchester. In Memoriam. (From 'The Guardian,' July 30, 1873)" by Samuel John Stone
How know I that I am alive?
So only as I thrive
On truth, whose sweetness keeps the soul
Vigorous and pure and whole:
Heaven's health within is immortality;
The life that is, and evermore shall be.
"Foretaste" by Lucy Larcom
Then with crowbars they dashed at the doors vigorously,
Whilst bullets rained around them, but harmlessly;
So they battered on the doors until one gave way,
Then Lieutenant Kerr and his henchmen entered without dismay.
"The Hero of Kalapore" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

It can be anywhere from few hours to all day depending on your vigor for that day.
Stephen Walt, a vigorous and knowledgeable critic of US policy toward Israel, has called for special envoy George Mitchell to resign his post.
This water flow was likely quite vigorous, perhaps akin to the flows produced by flash floods in desert areas here on Earth, researchers announced.
Pan Am has been vigorously searching for a buyer or partner for several years.
Verve means vigor, vitality, enthusiasm.
We would urge him to proceed with vigor .
With New Vigor , Romney Resets Ohio Campaign.
The Vigor in the Decay.
'You can take positions … with vigor '.
Weddings With Vigor & Vitality.
Specialized surgery restores sight, vigor for life to Austintown woman.
A violin with vigor In the hands of Mads Tolling, these strings can rock.
Adam Cohen talks high fashion, low morale and renewed vigor .
Jacoby Glenn, DB, Mobile (Ala.) Vigor High.
On domestic social networks, already vigorously policed, censors have fine-tuned their craft.

In science:

In the most actively star-forming galaxies, are the most vigorous star-forming regions a physically distinct class of ob jects from the rest of the nebular population? The most active star-forming regions in many disk galaxies are the circumnuclear regions, which are often associated with bar activity.
Discussion: Star Formation Within Galaxies
The exact mechanism by which a pulsar radiates the energy observed as radio pulses is still a sub ject of vigorous debate.
Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing
However, LINER-like spectra are also shown by galaxies in which some filaments, arcs and extended features reveal vigorous recent bursts of star formation (Gonzalez-Delgado & Perez 1996, Contini 1997).
The complex structure of low luminosity AGN : NGC 4579
Motivated by the discovery of Altarelli and Ross (1988) and Efremov and Teryaev (1988) that polarized glue makes a scaling contribution to the first moment of g1 , αs∆g ∼ constant, there has been a vigorous and ambitious programme to measure ∆g .
The Spin Structure of the Proton
Again one is led to conclude that the heat transport is independent of the vigor of the LSC and thus presumably determined by LSC-independent boundary layer properties.
Large scale dynamics in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection