• WordNet 3.6
    • n vitality an energetic style
    • n vitality the property of being able to survive and grow "the vitality of a seed"
    • n vitality (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
    • n vitality a healthy capacity for vigorous activity "jogging works off my excess energy","he seemed full of vim and vigor"
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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 Vitality The quality or state of being vital; the principle of life; vital force; animation; as, the vitality of eggs or vegetable seeds; the vitality of an enterprise.
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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 vitality I. The exhibiting of vital powers or capacities; the principle of animation or of life; vital force. See life.
    • n vitality Manifestation of a capacity for enduring and performing certain functions: as, an institution devoid of vitality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some frogs use sugars as an antifreeze for vital organs
    • n Vitality quality of being vital: principle or power of life: capacity to endure and flourish
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  • Rebecca West
    “There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.”
  • Mary Quant
    Mary Quant
    “Having money is rather like being a blond. It is more fun but not vital.”
  • Thích Nhat Hanh
    Thích Nhat Hanh
    “The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.”
  • Plato
    “Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.”
  • Joe Paterno
    Joe Paterno
    “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”


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.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vitalitas,: cf. F. vitalité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vitalisvita, life—vivĕre, to live; cog. with Gr. bios, life.


In literature:

In breaking up old forms and intellectual conventions they have set free new and vital impulses.
"Woman in Modern Society" by Earl Barnes
Certainly Lady Despard still looked amazingly young; still emanated the vital charm she had transmitted to her child.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
His hair even in the dark seemed to be vital, the most vital part of him.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Every normal human being must undergo crucial tests and solve vital problems in his own sex life.
"The Social Emergency" by Various
In the schoolroom, imitation and emulation play absolutely vital parts.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
Assuming a virtue or a vice vitalizes it.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
The Vitalizing Mixture had exhausted its market.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Vital force, vitality, 13, 15, 34, 37, 52, 80, 85.
"The Story of the Living Machine" by H. W. Conn
The Catholic Revival gave nothing vital or enthusiastic to the conscience of the race.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
He held his knowledge with the same vital grip with which he held his friends.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow

In poetry:

He feels his very vitals die,
All waxeth pale and wan;
Nay, worse, he fears to misery
He shortly must be gone.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan
Wretched on her coral bed,
Far beneath the purple sea,
Ere the vital spark had fled,
Thus my mother pray'd for me.
"The Mermaid" by William Crafts
Every word and look and action
Has weight on trustful youth,
That needs no sage to interpret
Or explain its vital truth.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
Lest one of all the cares that dart
Like arrows round each thoughtful heart,
May pierce ere then some vital part
I fear!
"Vignette - XVIII" by Matilda Betham
Ah no ! his vital blood should flow
Where many a sacrifice had bled !
He knew that he could only die,
And he was satisfied.
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
'Twas well, my soul, he died for thee,
And shed his vital blood;
Appeased stern justice on the tree,
And then arose to God.
"Hymn 37" by Isaac Watts

In news:

6 Vital Traits ( Boiled Down to 1).
Vital Part of Housing Bill Is Brainchild of Banks.
The Vitale family enters their new home, followed by family, friends and volunteers, after a 2007 renovation by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
"I think it's vital," he said.
WHEN chronicling life inside the Big Duck, the chronicler quickly learns a vital fowl fact.
The supervisor says it's vital information.
Dick Vitale offers his take on Saturday's best NCAA tournament matchups.
Many people aren't aware of the vital role airports play in our economy.
Craft beer isn't a fad, it's a vital part of Grand Rapids's past, present, and future.
Greg Vital's vile tactics disgust.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band plays hits with vitality beyond age.
The UK 's Porvair Filtration Group is here at the Farnborough International airshow (Hall 4 Stand C1) exhibiting a range of its filters and other vital components for modern aircraft.
Vladimir Putin keeps a close eye on Russia's vital oil sector through a man who has proved his loyalty--but also has his own interests at heart.
Getty ImagesAFC East nose tackles Jason Ferguson, Vince Wilfork and Kris Jenkins are vital to their team's 3-4 defenses.
Windsor Terrace community board begs for vital office supply.

In science:

New light curves are vital in sorting out the moderate discrepancy between the two existing ones, and new stellar atmospheric parameters would allow a great improvement in our understanding of WASP-14.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
For species that live in groups, several vital group activities repeat themselves periodically and behavior changes as feedback is obtained from previous iterations.
Altruism can proliferate through group/kin selection despite high random gene flow
Because of the enormous number of nodes involved, a careful implementation of Algorithm 2.8 is vital.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
However, these λi couplings play a vital important role in driving the phase transition to be first order.
Electroweak Baryogenesis in R-symmetric Supersymmetry
Chapter 2 can be extended and could prove to be a vital tool in such a pro ject.
Odd Characterizations of Almost Simple Groups (PhD Thesis 2009)