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spirit  

[1]  
      n  
1    the force or principle of life that animates the body of living things  
2    temperament or disposition  
truculent in spirit     
3    liveliness; mettle  
they set to it with spirit     
4    the fundamental, emotional, and activating principle of a person; will  
the experience broke his spirit     
5    a sense of loyalty or dedication  
team spirit     
6    the prevailing element; feeling  
a spirit of joy pervaded the atmosphere     
7    state of mind or mood; attitude  
he did it in the wrong spirit     
8    pl   an emotional state, esp. with regard to exaltation or dejection  
in high spirits     
9    a person characterized by some activity, quality, or disposition  
a leading spirit of the movement     
10    the deeper more significant meaning as opposed to a pedantic interpretation  
the spirit of the law     
11    that which constitutes a person's intangible being as contrasted with his physical presence  
I shall be with you in spirit     
12   
a    an incorporeal being, esp. the soul of a dead person  
b    (as modifier)  
spirit world     
      vb   tr  
13    usually foll by: away or off   to carry off mysteriously or secretly  
14    often foll by: up   to impart animation or determination to  
     (C13: from Old French esperit, from Latin spiritus breath, spirit; related to spirare to breathe)  
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spirit   [2]  
      n  
1    often pl   any distilled alcoholic liquor such as brandy, rum, whisky, or gin  
2      (Chem)  
a    an aqueous solution of ethanol, esp. one obtained by distillation  
b    the active principle or essence of a substance, extracted as a liquid, esp. by distillation  
3      (Pharmacol)  
a    a solution of a volatile substance, esp. a volatile oil, in alcohol  
b    (as modifier)  
a spirit burner     
4      (Alchemy)   any of the four substances sulphur, mercury, sal ammoniac, or arsenic  
     (C14: special use of spirit1, name applied to alchemical substances (as in sense 4), hence extended to distilled liquids)  

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methylated spirits   , spirit         
      n   functioning as sing or pl   alcohol that has been denatured by the addition of methanol and pyridine and a violet dye,   (Also called)    metho, meths  


Holy Spirit   , Ghost  
      n     (Christianity)   the third person of the Trinity  
proof spirit  
      n  
1    (in Britain and Canada) a mixture of alcohol and water or an alcoholic beverage that contains 49.28 per cent of alcohol by weight, 57.1 per cent by volume at 51°F: up until 1980 used as a standard of alcoholic liquids  
2    (in the U.S.) a similar standard mixture containing 50 per cent of alcohol by volume at 60°F  
rectified spirit  
      n     (Chem)   a constant-boiling mixture of ethanol and water, containing 95.6 per cent ethanol  
spirit   [1]  
      n  
1    the force or principle of life that animates the body of living things  
2    temperament or disposition  
truculent in spirit     
3    liveliness; mettle  
they set to it with spirit     
4    the fundamental, emotional, and activating principle of a person; will  
the experience broke his spirit     
5    a sense of loyalty or dedication  
team spirit     
6    the prevailing element; feeling  
a spirit of joy pervaded the atmosphere     
7    state of mind or mood; attitude  
he did it in the wrong spirit     
8    pl   an emotional state, esp. with regard to exaltation or dejection  
in high spirits     
9    a person characterized by some activity, quality, or disposition  
a leading spirit of the movement     
10    the deeper more significant meaning as opposed to a pedantic interpretation  
the spirit of the law     
11    that which constitutes a person's intangible being as contrasted with his physical presence  
I shall be with you in spirit     
12   
a    an incorporeal being, esp. the soul of a dead person  
b    (as modifier)  
spirit world     
      vb   tr  
13    usually foll by: away or off   to carry off mysteriously or secretly  
14    often foll by: up   to impart animation or determination to  
     (C13: from Old French esperit, from Latin spiritus breath, spirit; related to spirare to breathe)  
spirit   [2]  
      n  
1    often pl   any distilled alcoholic liquor such as brandy, rum, whisky, or gin  
2      (Chem)  
a    an aqueous solution of ethanol, esp. one obtained by distillation  
b    the active principle or essence of a substance, extracted as a liquid, esp. by distillation  
3      (Pharmacol)  
a    a solution of a volatile substance, esp. a volatile oil, in alcohol  
b    (as modifier)  
a spirit burner     
4      (Alchemy)   any of the four substances sulphur, mercury, sal ammoniac, or arsenic  
     (C14: special use of spirit1, name applied to alchemical substances (as in sense 4), hence extended to distilled liquids)  
Spirit  
      n  
the  
1   
a       another name for the       Holy Ghost  
b    God, esp. when regarded as transcending material limitations  
2    the influence of God or divine things upon the soul  
3      (Christian Science)   God or divine substance  
spirit gum  
      n   a glue made from gum dissolved in ether used to stick a false beard, etc., onto the face  
spirit lamp  
      n   a lamp that burns methylated or other spirits instead of oil  
spirit level  
      n   a device for setting horizontal surfaces, consisting of an accurate block of material in which a sealed slightly curved tube partially filled with liquid is set so that the air bubble rests between two marks on the tube when the block is horizontal  
spirit varnish  
      n   a varnish consisting of a gum or resin, such as shellac or copal, dissolved in alcohol  
surgical spirit  
      n   methylated spirit containing small amounts of oil of wintergreen and castor oil: used medically for sterilizing  
team spirit  
      n   willingness to cooperate as part of a team  
white spirit  
      n   a colourless liquid obtained from petroleum and used as a substitute for turpentine  
wood spirit  
      n     (Chem)      another name for       methanol  

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Spirit  
      n  
the  
1   
a       another name for the       Holy Ghost  
b    God, esp. when regarded as transcending material limitations  
2    the influence of God or divine things upon the soul  
3      (Christian Science)   God or divine substance  


Holy Spirit   , Ghost  
      n     (Christianity)   the third person of the Trinity  
proof spirit  
      n  
1    (in Britain and Canada) a mixture of alcohol and water or an alcoholic beverage that contains 49.28 per cent of alcohol by weight, 57.1 per cent by volume at 51°F: up until 1980 used as a standard of alcoholic liquids  
2    (in the U.S.) a similar standard mixture containing 50 per cent of alcohol by volume at 60°F  
rectified spirit  
      n     (Chem)   a constant-boiling mixture of ethanol and water, containing 95.6 per cent ethanol  
spirit   [1]  
      n  
1    the force or principle of life that animates the body of living things  
2    temperament or disposition  
truculent in spirit     
3    liveliness; mettle  
they set to it with spirit     
4    the fundamental, emotional, and activating principle of a person; will  
the experience broke his spirit     
5    a sense of loyalty or dedication  
team spirit     
6    the prevailing element; feeling  
a spirit of joy pervaded the atmosphere     
7    state of mind or mood; attitude  
he did it in the wrong spirit     
8    pl   an emotional state, esp. with regard to exaltation or dejection  
in high spirits     
9    a person characterized by some activity, quality, or disposition  
a leading spirit of the movement     
10    the deeper more significant meaning as opposed to a pedantic interpretation  
the spirit of the law     
11    that which constitutes a person's intangible being as contrasted with his physical presence  
I shall be with you in spirit     
12   
a    an incorporeal being, esp. the soul of a dead person  
b    (as modifier)  
spirit world     
      vb   tr  
13    usually foll by: away or off   to carry off mysteriously or secretly  
14    often foll by: up   to impart animation or determination to  
     (C13: from Old French esperit, from Latin spiritus breath, spirit; related to spirare to breathe)  
spirit   [2]  
      n  
1    often pl   any distilled alcoholic liquor such as brandy, rum, whisky, or gin  
2      (Chem)  
a    an aqueous solution of ethanol, esp. one obtained by distillation  
b    the active principle or essence of a substance, extracted as a liquid, esp. by distillation  
3      (Pharmacol)  
a    a solution of a volatile substance, esp. a volatile oil, in alcohol  
b    (as modifier)  
a spirit burner     
4      (Alchemy)   any of the four substances sulphur, mercury, sal ammoniac, or arsenic  
     (C14: special use of spirit1, name applied to alchemical substances (as in sense 4), hence extended to distilled liquids)  
spirit gum  
      n   a glue made from gum dissolved in ether used to stick a false beard, etc., onto the face  
spirit lamp  
      n   a lamp that burns methylated or other spirits instead of oil  
spirit level  
      n   a device for setting horizontal surfaces, consisting of an accurate block of material in which a sealed slightly curved tube partially filled with liquid is set so that the air bubble rests between two marks on the tube when the block is horizontal  
spirit varnish  
      n   a varnish consisting of a gum or resin, such as shellac or copal, dissolved in alcohol  
surgical spirit  
      n   methylated spirit containing small amounts of oil of wintergreen and castor oil: used medically for sterilizing  
team spirit  
      n   willingness to cooperate as part of a team  
white spirit  
      n   a colourless liquid obtained from petroleum and used as a substitute for turpentine  
wood spirit  
      n     (Chem)      another name for       methanol  

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Universal Soul   , Spirit         
      n     (Hinduism)   Brahman in its aspect as the sacred syllable Om, the eternal and spiritual principle that permeates the universe  


Holy Spirit   , Ghost  
      n     (Christianity)   the third person of the Trinity  
proof spirit  
      n  
1    (in Britain and Canada) a mixture of alcohol and water or an alcoholic beverage that contains 49.28 per cent of alcohol by weight, 57.1 per cent by volume at 51°F: up until 1980 used as a standard of alcoholic liquids  
2    (in the U.S.) a similar standard mixture containing 50 per cent of alcohol by volume at 60°F  
rectified spirit  
      n     (Chem)   a constant-boiling mixture of ethanol and water, containing 95.6 per cent ethanol  
spirit   [1]  
      n  
1    the force or principle of life that animates the body of living things  
2    temperament or disposition  
truculent in spirit     
3    liveliness; mettle  
they set to it with spirit     
4    the fundamental, emotional, and activating principle of a person; will  
the experience broke his spirit     
5    a sense of loyalty or dedication  
team spirit     
6    the prevailing element; feeling  
a spirit of joy pervaded the atmosphere     
7    state of mind or mood; attitude  
he did it in the wrong spirit     
8    pl   an emotional state, esp. with regard to exaltation or dejection  
in high spirits     
9    a person characterized by some activity, quality, or disposition  
a leading spirit of the movement     
10    the deeper more significant meaning as opposed to a pedantic interpretation  
the spirit of the law     
11    that which constitutes a person's intangible being as contrasted with his physical presence  
I shall be with you in spirit     
12   
a    an incorporeal being, esp. the soul of a dead person  
b    (as modifier)  
spirit world     
      vb   tr  
13    usually foll by: away or off   to carry off mysteriously or secretly  
14    often foll by: up   to impart animation or determination to  
     (C13: from Old French esperit, from Latin spiritus breath, spirit; related to spirare to breathe)  
spirit   [2]  
      n  
1    often pl   any distilled alcoholic liquor such as brandy, rum, whisky, or gin  
2      (Chem)  
a    an aqueous solution of ethanol, esp. one obtained by distillation  
b    the active principle or essence of a substance, extracted as a liquid, esp. by distillation  
3      (Pharmacol)  
a    a solution of a volatile substance, esp. a volatile oil, in alcohol  
b    (as modifier)  
a spirit burner     
4      (Alchemy)   any of the four substances sulphur, mercury, sal ammoniac, or arsenic  
     (C14: special use of spirit1, name applied to alchemical substances (as in sense 4), hence extended to distilled liquids)  
Spirit  
      n  
the  
1   
a       another name for the       Holy Ghost  
b    God, esp. when regarded as transcending material limitations  
2    the influence of God or divine things upon the soul  
3      (Christian Science)   God or divine substance  
spirit gum  
      n   a glue made from gum dissolved in ether used to stick a false beard, etc., onto the face  
spirit lamp  
      n   a lamp that burns methylated or other spirits instead of oil  
spirit level  
      n   a device for setting horizontal surfaces, consisting of an accurate block of material in which a sealed slightly curved tube partially filled with liquid is set so that the air bubble rests between two marks on the tube when the block is horizontal  
spirit varnish  
      n   a varnish consisting of a gum or resin, such as shellac or copal, dissolved in alcohol  
surgical spirit  
      n   methylated spirit containing small amounts of oil of wintergreen and castor oil: used medically for sterilizing  
team spirit  
      n   willingness to cooperate as part of a team  
white spirit  
      n   a colourless liquid obtained from petroleum and used as a substitute for turpentine  
wood spirit  
      n     (Chem)      another name for       methanol  

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spirit  


      n  
1    air, breath, life, life force, psyche, soul, vital spark  
2    attitude, character, complexion, disposition, essence, humour, outlook, quality, temper, temperament  
3    animation, ardour, backbone, balls     (taboo slang)   ballsiness     (taboo slang)   brio, courage, dauntlessness, earnestness, energy, enterprise, enthusiasm, fire, force, gameness, grit, guts     (informal)   life, liveliness, mettle, resolution, sparkle, spunk     (informal)   stoutheartedness, vigour, warmth, zest  
4    motivation, resolution, resolve, will, willpower  
5    atmosphere, feeling, gist, humour, tenor, tone  
6    essence, intent, intention, meaning, purport, purpose, sense, substance  
7    feelings, frame of mind, humour, mood, morale  
8    apparition, eidolon, ghost, phantom, shade     (literary)   shadow, spectre, spook     (informal)   sprite, vision  
      vb  
9      (with)       away or off   abduct, abstract, carry, convey, make away with, purloin, remove, seize, snaffle     (Brit. informal)   steal, whisk  

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