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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Spirit  \Spir"it\,  n.  [OF.  espirit,  esperit,  F.  esprit,  L. 
  spiritus,  from  spirare  to  breathe,  to  blow.  Cf  {Conspire}, 
  {Expire},  {Esprit},  {Sprite}.] 
  1.  Air  set  in  motion  by  breathing;  breath;  hence  sometimes 
  life  itself  [Obs.]  ``All  of  spirit  would  deprive.'' 
  The  mild  air,  with  season  moderate,  Gently 
  attempered,  and  disposed  eo  well  That  still  it 
  breathed  foorth  sweet  spirit.  --Spenser. 
  2.  A  rough  breathing;  an  aspirate,  as  the  letter  h;  also  a 
  mark  to  denote  aspiration;  a  breathing.  [Obs.] 
  Be  it  a  letter  or  spirit,  we  have  great  use  for  it 
  --B.  Jonson 
  3.  Life,  or  living  substance,  considered  independently  of 
  corporeal  existence;  an  intelligence  conceived  of  apart 
  from  any  physical  organization  or  embodiment;  vital 
  essence,  force,  or  energy,  as  distinct  from  matter. 
  4.  The  intelligent,  immaterial  and  immortal  part  of  man;  the 
  soul,  in  distinction  from  the  body  in  which  it  resides; 
  the  agent  or  subject  of  vital  and  spiritual  functions, 
  whether  spiritual  or  material. 
  There  is  a  spirit  in  man;  and  the  inspiration  of  the 
  Almighty  giveth  them  understanding.  --Job  xxxii 
  As  the  body  without  the  spirit  is  dead,  so  faith 
  without  works  is  dead  also  --James  ii 
  Spirit  is  a  substance  wherein  thinking,  knowing, 
  doubting,  and  a  power  of  moving  do  subsist. 
  5.  Specifically,  a  disembodied  soul;  the  human  soul  after  it 
  has  left  the  body. 
  Then  shall  the  dust  return  to  the  earth  as  it  was 
  and  the  spirit  shall  return  unto  God  who  gave  it 
  --Eccl.  xii. 
  Ye  gentle  spirits  far  away  With  whom  we  shared  the 
  cup  of  grace.  --Keble. 
  6.  Any  supernatural  being  good  or  bad  an  apparition;  a 
  specter;  a  ghost;  also  sometimes  a  sprite,;  a  fairy;  an 
  Whilst  young,  preserve  his  tender  mind  from  all 
  impressions  of  spirits  and  goblins  in  the  dark. 
  7.  Energy,  vivacity,  ardor,  enthusiasm,  courage,  etc 
  ``Write  it  then,  quickly,''  replied  Bede;  and 
  summoning  all  his  spirits  together,  like  the  last 
  blaze  of  a  candle  going  out  he  indited  it  and 
  expired.  --Fuller. 
  8.  One  who  is  vivacious  or  lively;  one  who  evinces  great 
  activity  or  peculiar  characteristics  of  mind  or  temper; 
  as  a  ruling  spirit;  a  schismatic  spirit. 
  Such  spirits  as  he  desired  to  please,  such  would  I 
  choose  for  my  judges.  --Dryden. 
  9.  Temper  or  disposition  of  mind;  mental  condition  or 
  disposition;  intellectual  or  moral  state;  --  often  in  the 
  plural;  as  to  be  cheerful,  or  in  good  spirits;  to  be 
  downhearted,  or  in  bad  spirits. 
  God  has  .  .  .  made  a  spirit  of  building  succeed  a 
  spirit  of  pulling  down  --South. 
  A  perfect  judge  will  read  each  work  of  wit  With  the 
  same  spirit  that  its  author  writ.  --Pope. 
  10.  Intent;  real  meaning;  --  opposed  to  the  letter,  or  to 
  formal  statement;  also  characteristic  quality, 
  especially  such  as  is  derived  from  the  individual  genius 
  or  the  personal  character;  as  the  spirit  of  an 
  enterprise,  of  a  document,  or  the  like 
  11.  Tenuous,  volatile,  airy,  or  vapory  substance,  possessed 
  of  active  qualities. 
  All  bodies  have  spirits  .  .  .  within  them  --Bacon. 
  12.  Any  liquid  produced  by  distillation;  especially,  alcohol, 
  the  spirits,  or  spirit,  of  wine  (it  having  been  first 
  distilled  from  wine):  --  often  in  the  plural. 
  13.  pl  Rum,  whisky,  brandy,  gin,  and  other  distilled  liquors 
  having  much  alcohol,  in  distinction  from  wine  and  malt 
  14.  (Med.)  A  solution  in  alcohol  of  a  volatile  principle.  Cf 
  {Tincture}.  --U.  S.  Disp. 
  15.  (Alchemy)  Any  one  of  the  four  substances,  sulphur,  sal 
  ammoniac,  quicksilver,  or  arsenic  (or,  according  to  some 
  The  four  spirits  and  the  bodies  seven  --Chaucer. 
  16.  (Dyeing)  Stannic  chloride.  See  under  {Stannic}. 
  Note:  Spirit  is  sometimes  joined  with  other  words  forming 
  compounds,  generally  of  obvious  signification;  as 
  spirit-moving,  spirit-searching,  spirit-stirring,  etc 
  {Astral  spirits},  {Familiar  spirits},  etc  See  under 
  {Astral},  {Familiar},  etc 
  {Animal  spirits}. 
  a  (Physiol.)  The  fluid  which  at  one  time  was  supposed 
  to  circulate  through  the  nerves  and  was  regarded  as 
  the  agent  of  sensation  and  motion;  --  called  also  the 
  {nervous  fluid},  or  {nervous  principle}. 
  b  Physical  health  and  energy;  frolicsomeness; 
  {Ardent  spirits},  strong  alcoholic  liquors,  as  brandy,  rum, 
  whisky,  etc.,  obtained  by  distillation. 
  {Holy  Spirit},  or  {The  Spirit}  (Theol.),  the  Spirit  of  God, 
  or  the  third  person  of  the  Trinity;  the  Holy  Ghost.  The 
  spirit  also  signifies  the  human  spirit  as  influenced  or 
  animated  by  the  Divine  Spirit. 
  {Proof  spirit}.  (Chem.)  See  under  {Proof}. 
  {Rectified  spirit}  (Chem.),  spirit  rendered  purer  or  more 
  concentrated  by  redistillation  so  as  to  increase  the 
  percentage  of  absolute  alcohol. 
  {Spirit  butterfly}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  numerous  species  of 
  delicate  butterflies  of  tropical  America  belonging  to  the 
  genus  {Ithomia}.  The  wings  are  gauzy  and  nearly  destitute 
  of  scales. 
  {Spirit  duck}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  buffle-headed  duck. 
  b  The  golden-eye. 
  {Spirit  lamp}  (Art),  a  lamp  in  which  alcohol  or  methylated 
  spirit  is  burned. 
  {Spirit  level}.  See  under  {Level}. 
  {Spirit  of  hartshorn}.  (Old  Chem.)  See  under  {Hartshorn}. 
  {Spirit  of  Mindererus}  (Med.),  an  aqueous  solution  of  acetate 
  of  ammonium;  --  named  after  R.  Minderer,  physician  of 
  {Spirit  of  nitrous  ether}  (Med.  Chem.),  a  pale  yellow  liquid, 
  of  a  sweetish  taste  and  a  pleasant  ethereal  odor.  It  is 
  obtained  by  the  distillation  of  alcohol  with  nitric  and 
  sulphuric  acids,  and  consists  essentially  of  ethyl  nitrite 
  with  a  little  acetic  aldehyde.  It  is  used  as  a 
  diaphoretic,  diuretic,  antispasmodic,  etc  Called  also 
  {sweet  spirit  of  niter}. 
  {Spirit  of  salt}  (Chem.),  hydrochloric  acid;  --  so  called 
  because  obtained  from  salt  and  sulphuric  acid.  [Obs.] 
  {Spirit  of  sense},  the  utmost  refinement  of  sensation.  [Obs.] 
  {Spirits},  or  {Spirit},  {of  turpentine}  (Chem.),  rectified 
  oil  of  turpentine,  a  transparent,  colorless,  volatile,  and 
  very  inflammable  liquid,  distilled  from  the  turpentine  of 
  the  various  species  of  pine;  camphine.  See  {Camphine}. 
  {Spirit  of  vitriol}  (Chem.),  sulphuric  acid;  --  so  called 
  because  formerly  obtained  by  the  distillation  of  green 
  vitriol.  [Obs.] 
  {Spirit  of  vitriolic  ether}  (Chem.)  ether;  --  often  but 
  incorrectly  called  {sulphuric  ether}.  See  {Ether}.  [Obs.] 
  {Spirits},  or  {Spirit},  {of  wine}  (Chem.),  alcohol;  --  so 
  called  because  formerly  obtained  by  the  distillation  of 
  {Spirit  rapper},  one  who  practices  spirit  rapping;  a 
  ``medium''  so  called 
  {Spirit  rapping},  an  alleged  form  of  communication  with  the 
  spirits  of  the  dead  by  raps.  See  {Spiritualism},  3. 
  {Sweet  spirit  of  niter}.  See  {Spirit  of  nitrous  ether}, 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Spirit  \Spir"it\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Spirited};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Spiriting}.] 
  1.  To  animate  with  vigor;  to  excite;  to  encourage;  to 
  inspirit;  as  civil  dissensions  often  spirit  the  ambition 
  of  private  men;  --  sometimes  followed  by  up 
  Many  officers  and  private  men  spirit  up  and  assist 
  those  obstinate  people  to  continue  in  their 
  rebellion.  --Swift. 
  2.  To  convey  rapidly  and  secretly,  or  mysteriously,  as  if  by 
  the  agency  of  a  spirit;  to  kidnap;  --  often  with  away  or 
  The  ministry  had  him  spirited  away  and  carried 
  abroad  as  a  dangerous  person.  --Arbuthnot  & 
  I  felt  as  if  I  had  been  spirited  into  some  castle  of 
  antiquity.  --Willis. 
  {Spiriting  away}  (Law),  causing  to  leave  the  offense  of 
  inducing  a  witness  to  leave  a  jurisdiction  so  as  to  evade 
  process  requiring  attendance  at  trial. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  vital  principle  or  animating  force  within  living  things 
  2:  the  general  atmosphere  of  a  place  or  situation;  "the  feel  of 
  the  city  excited  him";  "a  clergyman  improved  the  tone  of 
  the  meeting";  "it  had  the  smell  of  treason"  [syn:  {tone}, 
  {feel},  {feeling},  {flavor},  {look},  {smell}] 
  3:  a  fundamental  emotional  and  activating  principle  determining 
  one's  character 
  4:  any  incorporeal  supernatural  being  that  can  become  visible 
  (or  audible)  to  human  beings 
  5:  the  state  of  a  person's  emotions  (especially  with  regard  to 
  pleasure  or  dejection);  "his  emotional  state  depended  on 
  her  opinion";  "he  was  in  good  spirits";  "his  spirit  rose" 
  [syn:  {emotional  state}] 
  6:  the  intended  meaning  of  a  communication  [syn:  {intent},  {purport}] 
  7:  animation  and  energy  in  action  or  expression;  "it  was  a 
  heavy  play  and  the  actors  tried  in  vain  to  give  life  to 
  it"  [syn:  {liveliness},  {life},  {sprightliness}] 
  8:  an  inclination  or  tendency  of  a  certain  kind  "he  had  a 
  change  of  heart"  [syn:  {heart}] 
  v  :  infuse  with  spirit;  "The  company  spirited  him  up"  [syn:  {spirit 
  up},  {inspirit}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Heb.  ruah;  Gr  pneuma),  properly  wind  or  breath.  In  2  Thess. 
  2:8  it  means  "breath,"  and  in  Eccl.  8:8  the  vital  principle  in 
  man.  It  also  denotes  the  rational,  immortal  soul  by  which  man  is 
  distinguished  (Acts  7:59;  1  Cor.  5:5;  6:20;  7:34),  and  the  soul 
  in  its  separate  state  (Heb.  12:23),  and  hence  also  an  apparition 
  (Job  4:15;  Luke  24:37,  39),  an  angel  (Heb.  1:14),  and  a  demon 
  (Luke  4:36;  10:20).  This  word  is  used  also  metaphorically  as 
  denoting  a  tendency  (Zech.  12:10;  Luke  13:11). 
  In  Rom.  1:4,  1  Tim.  3:16,  2  Cor.  3:17,  1  Pet.  3:18,  it 
  designates  the  divine  nature. 

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