vital force

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vital force (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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 force (Physiol) that force or power which is inherent in organization; that form of energy which is the cause of the vital phenomena of the body, as distinguished from the physical forces generally known.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vital force the principle of life in animals and plants
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Quotations

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    “Of all natural forces, vitality is the incommunicable one. Vitality never takes. You have it or you haven't it, like health or brown eyes or a baritone voice.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Alcohol was supposed to rouse up and support vital forces in disease.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
Where is there virtue in this world that is of any practical good whose vital force is not to be found in example rather than in precept?
"The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure" by Edward Hooker Dewey
The force then generated still continues, vital and expansive, in the spirit of the modern world.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
So abundant is his vitality, that less forceful natures receive from him an access of energy.
"Hilaire Belloc" by C. Creighton Mandell
The vital forces are in their hands.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Hence basilar depth produces vital force and muscular power.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, December 1887" by Various
The vital forces in you are strong.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
Adam was asleep, when Eve as a vital force leaped away from him.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
The force of a predominant idea gave Rome new life, vivifying new elements with the vitality of new ambitions.
"Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1" by Francis Marion Crawford
But it drains the remaining vital forces, and the reaction is terrible.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
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In poetry:

To thee alone this force renewed,
This vital power I owe;
From thee alone, my faithful heart,
My only comforts flow.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
Then with no fiery, throbbing pain,
No cold gradations of decay,
Death broke at once the vital chain,
And forced his soul the nearest way.
"On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet" by Samuel Johnson
With such a binding Force the Cramp-Fish stays
The swiftest Fish, and strikes with dizzy Maze.
One Touch of her's dams up the vital Flood,
Contracts the Nerves, and clots the stagnate Blood.
"Oppian's Halieuticks Part I: Of The Nature of Fishes: In Two Books: Book Two" by William Diaper
Thou world of heat--thou vital source,
The torpid insects feel thy force,
Which all with life supplies;
Gardens and orchards richly bloom,
And send a gale of sweet perfume,
To invite them as they rise.
"On Spring" by George Moses Horton
Within her room a beauteous maiden lay,
Moaning in agony no words express,
A cancer eating rapidly away
Her vital force,--so foul and pitiless;
And when I saw that face, so young and fair,
I thought such anguish was the worst to bear.
"Life's Undercurrent." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

It will likely come as no surprise that McClellan took credit for the competent work of Rosencrans and Cox in extricating Confederate forces from the vital B&O Railroad corridor through this territory.
KHYBER AGENCY, Pakistan — Thieves, feuding tribesmen and Taliban militants are creating chaos along the main Pakistan-Afghanistan highway, threatening a vital supply line for US and NATO forces.
Trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan are parked at Pakistan's Torkham border crossing after Pakistani authorities shut vital NATO supply route s on Nov 28, 2011.
Zink Dam improvement vital, task force says.
Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck.
Formula 1's title contenders could be forced to delay the introduction of vital car updates because of the risk of potential customs delays in India.
They were like energy vampires roaming the city in search of the vital, indispensable force to keep them in the world.
They are also things that can be done according to the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui to increase one's luck by harnessing the flow of chi, or vital life force, practitioners say.
All of us know that insects are a vital and positive force on our planet, serving many rolls, and some if not all of us would get a strange sensation to have eighty wee legs brushing against our palm all at once.
However, when financial desperation forces you to sell your non-vital organs just to pay the rent, maybe it's time to get a part-time job or something.
Under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has become a vital musical force in the Southwest, challenging even the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for primacy.
However, when financial desperation forces you to sell your non-vital organs just to pay the rent , maybe it's time to get a part-time job or something.
But the trend toward hiring a "contingent work force " is increasingly becoming more popular — and vital.
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In science:

Hagan, S., Hameroff, S.R., and Tuszy´nski, J.A. (2000) “Quantum computation in brain microtubules? Decoherence and biological feasibility.” quant-ph/0005025 Harold, F.M. (1986) The Vital Force: A Study of Bioenergetics (Freeman).
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
Any instability in the balancing voltage will multiply this residual mV level voltage to produce a noisy force, but the pro jected actuation voltage stability, of order 10−6 /√Hz, makes this a neglible source of force noise (Vitale, 2002).
Possibilities for Measurement and Compensation of Stray DC Electric Fields Acting on Drag-Free Test Masses
Centering in x will thus depend on the sensor translational readout zero, which could differ from the force zero by order 10 µm, set by the sensor machining tolerances (Vitale, 2002).
Possibilities for Measurement and Compensation of Stray DC Electric Fields Acting on Drag-Free Test Masses
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