- 1The energy or spirit which animates living creatures; the soul: the principle which animates the human being can be visualized as the vital forceMore example sentences
- Chief among these teachings is that the body is not an independent material organism and that good health depends on a harmonious relationship between the physical body, spirit or vital force, the soul, and the ego.
- It was believed that a mirror could hold onto the soul and vital force of the person reflected, so if the mirror was covered, the deceased's soul would not be fettered to the deathbed.
- The Hebrew words ruah, meaning breath or wind or spirit, and nefesh, the vital force in every individual, human and animal, that which brings flesh alive.
- 1.1 Philosophy (In some theories, particularly that of Bergson) a hypothetical force, independent of physical and chemical forces, regarded as being the causative factor in the evolution and development of living organisms.[translating French élan vital]More example sentences
- Many scientists believed in the early nineteenth century that organic matter was the product of a vital force operating in living organisms, which the chemist could never mimic in the laboratory.
- The idea of vital force, believed to be locked away in molecules of natural origin, was destroyed in 1828 when Wohler produced the naturally-occurring substance urea from inorganic starting materials.
- He must assure himself that this historic crystal was the same as that formed under the influence of the so-called vital force.
More definitions of vital forceDefinition of vital force in:
- The US English dictionary