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Spirit meaning

spirit - 20 dictionary results

  1. 1. Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself.
  2. 2. A rough breathing; an aspirate, as the letter h; also, a mark to denote aspiration; a breathing.
  3. 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. 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.
  5. 5. Specifically, a disembodied soul; the human soul after it has left the body.
  6. 6. Energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Tenuous, volatile, airy, or vapory substance, possessed of active qualities.
  11. 11. Any liquid produced by distillation; especially, alcohol, the spirits, or spirit, of wine ( it having been first distilled from wine): -- often in the plural.
  12. 12. Rum, whisky, brandy, gin, and other distilled liquors having much alcohol, in distinction from wine and malt liquors.
  13. 13. A solution in alcohol of a volatile principle. Cf. Tincture.
  14. 14. Any one of the four substances, sulphur, sal ammoniac, quicksilver, or arsenic ( or, according to some, orpiment).
  15. 15. Stannic chloride. See under Stannic.
  16. 16. To animate with vigor; to excite; to encourage; to inspirit; as, civil dissensions often spirit the ambition of private men; -- sometimes followed by up.
  17. 17. To convey rapidly and secretly, or mysteriously, as if by the agency of a spirit; to kidnap; -- often with away, or off.
  18. 18. Soul; thinking part of man; ghost; disposition; energy; volatile liquid obtained by distiliation; alcohol.
  19. 19. The Spirit, the Holy Ghost.
  20. 20. To incite; to convey secretly.

spirit - examples of usage

  1. She would not give up her life, her will, her spirit! - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. " They've nothing," he says, " of the spirit of the old service. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. Now, however, there is a new spirit of understanding. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
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