Pronunciation: (spir'it),[key] —n. 1. the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.
2. the incorporeal part of humans: present in spirit though absent in body. 3. the soul regarded as separating from the body at death.
4. conscious, incorporeal being, as opposed to matter: the world of spirit. 5. a supernatural, incorporeal being, esp. one inhabiting a place, object, etc., or having a particular character: evil spirits. 6. a fairy, sprite, or elf.
7. an angel or demon.
8. an attitude or principle that inspires, animates, or pervades thought, feeling, or action: the spirit of reform. 9. (cap.) the divine influence as an agency working in the human heart.
10. a divine, inspiring, or animating being or influence. Num. 11:25; Is. 32:15.
11. (cap.) the third person of the Trinity; Holy Spirit.
12. the soul or heart as the seat of feelings or sentiments, or as prompting to action: a man of broken spirit. 13. spirits,feelings or mood with regard to exaltation or depression: low spirits; good spirits. 14. excellent disposition or attitude in terms of vigor, courage, firmness of intent, etc.; mettle: That's the spirit! 15. temper or disposition: meek in spirit. 16. an individual as characterized by a given attitude, disposition, character, action, etc.: A few brave spirits remained to face the danger. 17. the dominant tendency or character of anything: the spirit of the age. 18. vigorous sense of membership in a group: college spirit. 19. the general meaning or intent of a statement, document, etc. (opposed to letter): the spirit of the law. 20. Chem.the essence or active principle of a substance as extracted in liquid form, esp. by distillation.
21. Often, spirits. a strong distilled alcoholic liquor.
22. Chiefly Brit.alcohol.
23. Pharm.a solution in alcohol of an essential or volatile principle; essence.
24. any of certain subtle fluids formerly supposed to permeate the body.
25. out of spirits, in low spirits; depressed: We were feeling out of spirits after so many days of rain. 26. the Spirit,God.
—adj. 1. pertaining to something that works by burning alcoholic spirits: a spirit stove. 2. of or pertaining to spiritualist bodies or activities.
—v.t. 1. to animate with fresh ardor or courage; inspirit.
2. to encourage; urge on or stir up, as to action.
3. to carry off mysteriously or secretly (often fol. by away or off): His captors spirited him away.