from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of life: See Synonyms at living.
- adj. Necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining: a vital organ; vital nutrients.
- adj. Full of life; animated: "The population of the teeming, vital slum . . . declined” ( Rick Hampson).
- adj. Imparting life or animation; invigorating: the sun's vital rays.
- adj. Necessary to continued existence or effectiveness; essential: "Irrigation was vital to early civilization” ( William H. McNeill). "A vital component of any democracy is a free labor movement” ( Bayard Rustin).
- adj. Concerned with or recording data pertinent to lives: vital records.
- adj. Biology Used or done on a living cell or tissue: vital dyes; vital staining.
- adj. Destructive to life; fatal: a vital injury.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relating to, or characteristic of life.
- adj. Necessary to the continuation of life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.
- adj. Invigorating or life-giving.
- adj. Necessary to continued existence.
- adj. Relating to the recording of life events.
- adj. Very important.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable
- adj. Contributing to life; necessary to, or supporting, life.
- adj. Containing life; living.
- adj. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends; mortal.
- adj. Very necessary; highly important; essential.
- adj. Capable of living; in a state to live; viable.
- n. A vital part; one of the vitals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to life, either animal or vegetable: as, vital energies.
- Contributing to life; necessary to life: as,vital air; vital blood.
- Containing life; living.
- Being the seat of life; being that on which life, depends; hence, essential to existence; indispensable.
- Capable of living; viable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. manifesting or characteristic of life
- adj. full of spirit
- adj. urgently needed; absolutely necessary
- adj. performing an essential function in the living body
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vītālis, from vīta, life.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vītālis ("of life, life-giving"), from vīta ("life"), from vīvō ("live"). (Wiktionary)