from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The capacity to live, grow, or develop: plants that lost their vitality when badly pruned.
- n. Physical or intellectual vigor; energy. See Synonyms at vigor.
- n. The characteristic, principle, or force that distinguishes living things from nonliving things.
- n. Power to survive: the vitality of an old tradition.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The capacity to live and develop
- n. Energy or vigour
- n. That which distinguishes living from nonliving things; life, animateness
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being vital; the principle of life; vital force; animation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. I. The exhibiting of vital powers or capacities; the principle of animation or of life; vital force. See life.
- n. Manifestation of a capacity for enduring and performing certain functions: as, an institution devoid of vitality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an energetic style
- n. (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
- n. a healthy capacity for vigorous activity
- n. the property of being able to survive and grow
From French vitalité, from Latin vitalitas ("vital force, life"), from vitalis ("vital"); see vital. (Wiktionary)