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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Vital  \Vi"tal\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  vitalis,  fr  vita  life;  akin  to 
  vivere  to  live.  See  {Vivid}.] 
  1.  Belonging  or  relating  to  life,  either  animal  or  vegetable; 
  as  vital  energies;  vital  functions;  vital  actions. 
  2.  Contributing  to  life;  necessary  to  or  supporting,  life; 
  as  vital  blood. 
  Do  the  heavens  afford  him  vital  food?  --Spenser. 
  And  vital  virtue  infused,  and  vital  warmth. 
  3.  Containing  life;  living.  ``Spirits  that  live  throughout, 
  vital  in  every  part.''  --Milton. 
  4.  Being  the  seat  of  life;  being  that  on  which  life  depends; 
  The  dart  flew  on  and  pierced  a  vital  part  --Pope. 
  5.  Very  necessary;  highly  important;  essential. 
  A  competence  is  vital  to  content.  --Young. 
  6.  Capable  of  living;  in  a  state  to  live;  viable.  [R.] 
  Pythagoras  and  Hippocrates  .  .  .  affirm  the  birth  of 
  the  seventh  month  to  be  vital.  --Sir  T. 
  {Vital  air},  oxygen  gas;  --  so  called  because  essential  to 
  animal  life.  [Obs.] 
  {Vital  capacity}  (Physiol.),  the  breathing  capacity  of  the 
  lungs;  --  expressed  by  the  number  of  cubic  inches  of  air 
  which  can  be  forcibly  exhaled  after  a  full  inspiration. 
  {Vital  force}.  (Biol.)  See  under  {Force}.  The  vital  forces, 
  according  to  Cope,  are  nerve  force  (neurism),  growth  force 
  (bathmism),  and  thought  force  (phrenism),  all  under  the 
  direction  and  control  of  the  vital  principle.  Apart  from 
  the  phenomena  of  consciousness,  vital  actions  no  longer 
  need  to  be  considered  as  of  a  mysterious  and  unfathomable 
  character,  nor  vital  force  as  anything  other  than  a  form 
  of  physical  energy  derived  from  and  convertible  into 
  other  well-known  forces  of  nature. 
  {Vital  functions}  (Physiol.),  those  functions  or  actions  of 
  the  body  on  which  life  is  directly  dependent,  as  the 
  circulation  of  the  blood,  digestion,  etc 
  {Vital  principle},  an  immaterial  force,  to  which  the 
  functions  peculiar  to  living  beings  are  ascribed. 
  {Vital  statistics},  statistics  respecting  the  duration  of 
  life,  and  the  circumstances  affecting  its  duration. 
  {Vital  tripod}.  (Physiol.)  See  under  {Tripod}. 
  {Vital  vessels}  (Bot.),  a  name  for  latex  tubes,  now  disused. 
  See  {Latex}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Vital  \Vi"tal\,  n. 
  A  vital  part  one  of  the  vitals.  [R.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  urgently  needed;  absolutely  necessary;  "a  critical  element 
  of  the  plan";  "critical  medical  supplies";  "vital  for 
  a  healthy  society";  "foods  indispensable  to  good 
  nutrition"  [syn:  {critical}] 
  2:  relating  to  the  chief  data  about  lives;  "vital  records"; 
  "vital  statistics" 
  3:  giving  or  having  the  power  to  give  life  and  spirit; 
  "returning  the  life-giving  humus  to  the  land"-  Louis 
  Bromfield;  "life-giving  love  and  praise";  "the  vital  rays 
  of  the  warming  sun"  [syn:  {life-giving},  {vitalizing}] 
  4:  performing  an  essential  function  in  the  living  body;  "vital 
  organs";  "blood  and  other  vital  fluids";  "the  loss  of 
  vital  heat  in  shock";  "a  vital  spot"  [syn:  {life-sustaining}] 
  5:  full  of  spirit;  "a  vital  and  charismatic  leader";  "this 
  whole  vital  world"  [syn:  {full  of  life},  {lively}] 
  6:  having  or  characterized  by  life;  "a  vital  being";  "the 
  population  of  the  vital  teeming  slums" 
  7:  existing  as  a  manifestation  of  life;  "vital  powers";  "eating 
  to  maintain  vital  energy";  "recognizing  no  mystic  vital 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  A  {semantics}  language  using  {FSL},  developed  by  Mondshein  in 
  [Sammet  1969,  p.  641]. 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
  VHDL  Initiative  Toward  ASIC  Libraries  (ASIC,  VHDL) 

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