Definitions of spirit

  1. To carry away suddenly or secretly: often with off or away: Spirit, the third person of the Trinity; the Holy Spirit.
  2. To incite; to convey secretly.
  3. To carry off; kidnap; followed by away.
  4. infuse with spirit; " The company spirited him up"
  5. To animate; to excite; to encourage; to kidnap, or bear away surreptitiously. The Spirit, the Divine Being, as animating, especially man, in a spiritual manner; the Holy Spirit. Spirit of wine, pure alcohol.
  6. To convey away rapidly and secretly, as by a spirit.
  7. any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible ( or audible) to human beings
  8. 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"
  9. animation and energy in action or expression; " it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
  10. a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
  11. the vital principle or animating force within living things
  12. Alcoholic liquors.
  13. A rough breathing; an aspirate, as the letter h; also, a mark to denote aspiration; a breathing.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Specifically, a disembodied soul; the human soul after it has left the body.
  17. Any supernatural being, good or bad; an apparition; a specter; a ghost; also, sometimes, a sprite,; a fairy; an elf.
  18. Energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Tenuous, volatile, airy, or vapory substance, possessed of active qualities.
  23. Any liquid produced by distillation; especially, alcohol, the spirits, or spirit, of wine ( it having been first distilled from wine): -- often in the plural.
  24. Rum, whisky, brandy, gin, and other distilled liquors having much alcohol, in distinction from wine and malt liquors.
  25. A solution in alcohol of a volatile principle. Cf. Tincture.
  26. Any one of the four substances, sulphur, sal ammoniac, quicksilver, or arsenic ( or, according to some, orpiment).
  27. Stannic chloride. See under Stannic.
  28. To animate with vigor; to excite; to encourage; to inspirit; as, civil dissensions often spirit the ambition of private men; -- sometimes followed by up.
  29. To convey rapidly and secretly, or mysteriously, as if by the agency of a spirit; to kidnap; -- often with away, or off.
  30. The soul; immortal, nonphysical part of man; any supernatural being, as a ghost or fairy; courage, energy, and liveliness; as, the troops advanced with spirit; power of mind, moral or intellectual; as, " the spirit is willing"; condition of mind, temper, or disposition; as, the spirit of the army was loyal; enthusiasm for an object; as, school spirit; real meaning; as, the tone of the words contradicted their spirit; a strong distilled alcoholic liquor, as whisky, etc.; a solution in alcohol of certain drugs; as, spirit of ammonia; alcohol.
  31. A ghost.
  32. Vital force: the soul: a ghost: mental disposition: enthusiasm: real meaning: chief quality: a very lively person: any volatile, inflammable liquid obtained by distillation, as brandy:- pl. intellectual activity: liveliness: persons with particular qualities of mind: mental excitement: spirituous liquors.
  33. Soul; thinking part of man; ghost; disposition; energy; volatile liquid obtained by distiliation; alcohol.
  34. The Spirit, the Holy Ghost.
  35. The part of man that is capable of thought, feeling, and will; the soul.
  36. Ardor; dash.
  37. Distilled liquor, especially alcohol.
  38. Spiritual substance or being, or selfconscious life; a spiritual being; a supernatural being; the spiritual part in man or soul; a disembodied soul or ghost; animal excitement; ardour; elevation or vehemence of mind; vigour of intellect; genius; disposition; turn of mind; temper; a man of vigour and enterprise; a man of superior ability; essential quality; active quality or essence of a thing; meaning; a strong distilled liquor.
  39. An intelligent being imperceptible to the senses; an immaterial substance; the soul of man; a spectre or ghost; ardour; courage; temper or disposition of mind; the intellectual powers of man, as distinct from the body; a man of life, fire, and enterprise; purest part of a body; essential quality; a liquid, as brandy, whisky, or rum, obtained by distilling a fermented vegetable extract; real meaning, as opposed to the letter; in Scrip., sometimes the renewed nature of man; the immortal part of man; pre- eminently, the Holy Spirit.