vitals


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vi·tals

 (vīt′lz)
pl.n.
1. The vital body organs.
2. The parts essential to continued functioning, as of a system.
3. Informal Vital signs.

vi•tals

(ˈvaɪt lz)

n.pl.
1. those bodily organs that are essential to life, as the brain, heart, liver, lungs, and stomach.
2. the essential parts of something.
[1600–10; translation of Latin vītālia; see vital]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vitals - a bodily organ that is essential for lifevitals - a bodily organ that is essential for life
organ - a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
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Thus he drew his misery around him like a regal mantle, and looked down triumphantly upon those whose vitals nourished no deadly monster.
This highly endeared him to her, and raised in her mind two of the best affections which any lover can wish to raise in a mistress--these were, esteem and pity--for sure the most outrageously rigid among her sex will excuse her pitying a man whom she saw miserable on her own account; nor can they blame her for esteeming one who visibly, from the most honourable motives, endeavoured to smother a flame in his own bosom, which, like the famous Spartan theft, was preying upon and consuming his very vitals.
Attached to this back-bone, for something less than a third of its length, was the mighty circular basket of ribs which once enclosed his vitals.
The unhappy woman flung herself upon that shoe; her consolation and her despair for so many years, and her vitals were rent with sobs as on the first day; because, for a mother who has lost her child, it is always the first day.
Ghak headed the strange procession, then came Perry, followed by Hooja, while I brought up the rear, after admonishing Hooja that I had so arranged my sword that I could thrust it through the head of my disguise into his vitals were he to show any indication of faltering.
I observed that the vitals of the village were the grocery, the bar-room, the post-office, and the bank; and, as a necessary part of the machinery, they kept a bell, a big gun, and a fire-engine, at convenient places; and the houses were so arranged as to make the most of mankind, in lanes and fronting one another, so that every traveller had to run the gauntlet, and every man, woman, and child might get a lick at him.
presenting his solar plexus to you, his vitals an' his life, all defense down, as much as sayin': 'Here I am" Stamp on me.
All I need to know is, how MUCH of an ogre is invisible; then I know how to locate his vitals.
And as I strive to body forth the tale Of all I suffer, all that thou hast done, Forth shall the dread voice roll, and bear along Shreds from my vitals torn for greater pain.
Phileas Fogg paid the Indian with some banknotes which he extracted from the famous carpet-bag, a proceeding that seemed to deprive poor Passepartout of his vitals.
The sooner the clash begins, the sooner ye'll taste this steel throughout your vitals.
He had a citified air about him that ate into Tom's vitals.