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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vitals a bodily organ that is essential for life
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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
    • Vitals Fig.: The part essential to the life or health of anything; as, the vitals of a state. "The vitals of the public body."
    • Vitals Organs that are necessary for life; more especially, the heart, lungs, and brain.
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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
    • vitals The viscera necessary for vital processes; those interior parts or organs which are essential to life, as the brain, heart, lungs, and stomach: a vague general term.
    • vitals The part of any complex whole that is essential to its life or existence, or to a sound state: as, corruption of manners preys upon the vitals of a state.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some frogs use sugars as an antifreeze for vital organs
    • Vitals the interior organs essential for life: the part of any whole necessary for its existence
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  • 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.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A good test of a man's religion is its vitality.”
  • George S. Patton
    “The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence.”


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:

This decision on the part of the young Bell Company was absolutely vital.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
Of course the vital heat is not to be confounded with fire; but so much for analogy.
"Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
And yet he had a great vitality in his young body.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
And the possession of "vitality," here as elsewhere, postulates that its possessor must ultimately perish.
"The Certain Hour" by James Branch Cabell
Uganda is a vital spot for the English, and a blow there will make their whole fabric shiver.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
It is difficult to reconcile any idea of bloodlessness with the bounding vitality of his younger body and mind.
"Life and Letters of Robert Browning" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
But this boldness that I took to be presumption was a vital clew to the nature of Ernest Everhard.
"The Iron Heel" by Jack London
To preserve inviolate the identity of Larry the Bat was absolutely vital to his safety.
"The Adventures of Jimmie Dale" by Frank L. Packard
Then came a spasm of vitality.
"Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey
The last point, particularly, is vital.
"A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson" by Edouard le Roy
Biologists don't turn down the theory of vitalism, do they?
"The Grey Room" by Eden Phillpotts
He filled the old house with cheer and with vitality.
"The Breaking Point" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The subject announced had evidently touched a vital spot in modern life.
"The Foolish Virgin" by Thomas Dixon
The urge of vital youth had caught him and held him.
"Dangerous Days" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The clue seems to have been, in part at least, a matter of vitality.
"Lincoln" by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
Here was a book that had indeed an intense vitality, and an immense vitality.
"And Even Now" by Max Beerbohm
She felt very keenly that no one of them was vitally interested in this wonder-year of hers.
"A Poor Wise Man" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Hence the vital difference in the conclusions reached.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
NUTRITION is the vital act by which the different parts of the body renew the materials of which they are composed.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
In 1096 Vitale Falier died, and on Christmas day was buried in the portico of St Mark's.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey

In poetry:

Again, all haste I made to grab
A pen; this time resolved to stab
The loathly insect in some vital spot;
But, though with murd'rous aim I hit,
'Twas wasting energy, for it
Eluded me and dodged around the pot.
"The Insect" by C J Dennis
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
Up, rise, thou vital spark! not yet extinguished,
Assert thy heritage—exert thy might;
Though in the sloughs of sorrow thou hast languished,
And pain and wrong's envenomed part out-anguished,
One ray breaks through the night.
"The Surviving Thought" by David James Scott
'He who first feels the world-old destiny,
The shaft of gold that strikes the poet still,
And slowly in its victim melts away,
Who knows his wounds will heal but when they kill,
And drop by vital drop doth bleed his golden ill.
"A Hero's Grave" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
But while you love me, keep our hearts' deep faith
As some High Priest would guard the holy place;
Let me not see the shame upon your face
Of one unworthy of Love's vital breath,
So while you love me, keep our hearts' high faith!
""If you should cease to love me"" by Corrine Roosevelt Robinson

In news:

Possibly the most riveting and vital historical document ever put on celluloid, Patricio Guzmán's three-part 1975-79 guerrilla epic The Battle of Chile is an unforgettable experience.
This divide in lifestyles is vital to explaining the problems Johnny has had with other villagers.
Material/dust explosibility testing is vital for safe plant design and handling procedures.
Columns/Blogs Pro Shop Communication with your clients is vital.
Herald News Photo Derek Vital.
Many people aren't aware of the vital role airports play in our economy.
This belated sequel to the 1982 team-up A Taste of Yesterday's Wine demonstrates the ongoing vitality of both George and Merle.
Lubrication is not only a vital component in an effective preventive maintenance?program, it offers a quick and effective?pathway to efficiency improvements?in industrial equipment.
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.
Greg Vital's credibility questioned after college slip-up.
Tennessee State Senate candidate Greg Vital says claim about education 'a Freudian slip '.
Chicago city planners said high-speed broadband was as vital to the city as clean drinking water.
For most churches and ministries across the country, fundraising is a vital tool used to raise money necessary to make ministry happen.
Despite a "reconsideration" on the part of its author, the Goldstone Report remains as vital as ever for understanding the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict.

In science:

Thus he says that the discs that the RDA needs are ‘the metaphysical equivalent of fairies, ghosts and vital spirits’ (p. 26).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The study of stability, analytically or numerically, is vital to the acceptance and applicability of the different models found in the literature to describe stellar structures found in Nature.
On the stability of general relativistic geometric thin disks
In particular, we emphasize the vital significance of the improvements that would be obtained.
Is Dark Energy Dynamical? Prospects for an Answer
The process of gravitational instability initiated by small primordial density perturbations is a vital ingredient of cosmological models that attempt to explain how galaxies and large-scale structure formed in the Universe.
Random-Walk Statistics and the Spherical Harmonic Representation of CMB Maps
This assumption is used in several places and seems vital for our approach.
The Statistical Distribution of the Zeros of Random Paraorthogonal Polynomials on the Unit Circle
Firstly, the estimate of τ is vital for determination of the required length of the simulation.
Criticality of the random-site Ising model: Metropolis, Swendsen-Wang and Wolff Monte Carlo algorithms
Remark. A vital ingredient in this proof is that dc satisfies the Leibniz rule dc (a ∧ b) = dca ∧ b + (−1)|a| a ∧ dc b.
New aspects of the ddc-lemma
In view of the high degree of non-linearity of Einstein’s equations, exact solutions always play a vital role as piecewise solutions have the problem of proper matching at different interfaces.
Acceleration of the universe with a simple trigonometric potential
This project will observe these supernovae spectrophotometrically to provide the homogeneous high-quality data set necessary to improve the understanding and calibration of these vital cosmological yardsticks.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Their unique nature makes studies of SN Ia progenitors vital to understanding stellar formation and death.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
A coordinated observational program is vital to accomplishing the ambitious scienti fic goals of the SNfactory.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
This is related to the general problem of S and K corrections so vital to precision photometry but is beyond the precision we can achieve here.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The comparison of Tables 2 and 3 also highlights the vital role non-linear dynamics induced by nearby objects play in dipole calculations.
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey
Note also that the independence of the sequences {sn}n≥1 and {tn }n≥1 is vital.
The probability of exceeding a high boundary on a random time interval for a heavy-tailed random walk
We will sketch the proof, since the result is not vital to the rest of the paper.
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex