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a vital clue (=very important)
▪ A videotape could hold vital clues to the criminal’s identity.
a vital contribution (=a very important one)
▪ Volunteers make a vital contribution in this country.
a vital/crucial/essential role
▪ Every member of the team has a vital role to play.
a vital/essential element (=necessary so that something can happen or exist)
▪ Her determination is a vital element of her success.
a vital/essential part (=an extremely important and necessary part )
▪ A ceasefire in the region is an essential part of any peace process.
essential/necessary/vital equipment
▪ A compass is essential equipment when hiking.
vital organ
vital organs (=the most important organs for life, for example the heart and brain)
▪ Luckily, the bullet passed through his body without hitting vital organs.
vital statistics
vital/crucial/critical importance (=very great )
▪ This research is of vital importance.
▪ Speed, as I said in Chapter 5, is absolutely vital.
▪ But humor, of course, is absolutely vital to regaining a sense of self-worth.
▪ This requires suitable systems and procedures, and is absolutely vital at a time of considerable change.
▪ They each need other but some are absolutely vital to a successful production.
▪ So, vitamins and minerals complement the other nutrients and are absolutely vital for good health.
▪ Our trusty electric breaker was called for, and ear defenders were handed out - they were absolutely vital!
▪ The scheme embodied in the Bill is absolutely vital for the future of Cardiff.
▪ It is absolutely vital to the sales of a popular car, a hi-fi radio, a camera or an evening dress.
▪ It is also vital at times of national emergency such as during the miner's strike in 1984/5.
▪ He explained why the grating, dissonant passages in the music were also vital.
▪ Adequate resources and funding, both sadly lacking at present, are also vital.
▪ The concurrence of the backup care-giver, should the chosen one not be available, is also vital.
▪ It is also vital to keep all abrasives dust-free, and if possible to work in a dust-free environment.
▪ It is also vital to be involved in political and educational structures, lobbying and working for justice.
▪ To maintain optimum transmissivity, it is also vital to keep viewing windows clean.
▪ How the hair is curled and the size of the curler is also vital to the finished look.
▪ It considered its gains in the 1967 war as vital to its regional security.
▪ Believing that character is as vital in a leader as drive and competence, I had to agree with them.
▪ It is as vital as the plastic insulation in a telephone exchange.
▪ And yet, we do know something just as vital.
▪ But many caddies offer a great deal more and look upon themselves as vital components in the professional golfer's armoury.
▪ The private sector, for example, was central to the approach, and improving the city's image was seen as vital.
▪ The need for tighter control of credit was seen as vital.
▪ However, many occupations which afford little prestige or economic reward can be seen as vital to society.
▪ On the other hand, a generally ponderously sombre piece may need stimulating by interludes of contrastingly more vital movement.
▪ Nevertheless, Springsteen has proven both more vital and more moral than skeptics would have deemed possible.
▪ In many wills it would not be needed; but some of the texts examined show it playing a more vital role.
▪ As an entrepreneur, time takes on a new and more vital dimension.
▪ The energy we waste on coping with this excess is energy which is lost to other more vital functions.
▪ And none were more vital to an Olympic movement whose integrity and mission had been questioned than Johnson, Lewis and Strug.
▪ Makes it even more vital that we start beating teams like Spurs/Everton etc.
▪ With a stronger private sector, a more vital ethic of self-help might also emerge.
▪ Often they put the most vital statistics on big boards out in front of the unit, for the competition to see.
▪ But last night he wept with delight after scoring the most vital goal of his career.
▪ The big exception is the most vital crop of all: sugar.
▪ However, without all this the infantry's most vital asset, the soldier, does not function effectively.
▪ Many theories have been advanced as to why this should be so, but the most vital one overlooked.
▪ Trust Newton, Hope thought, to miss out the most vital piece of information.
▪ That is why the imminent decisions are so vital.
▪ Only those without such adornments - once so vital - will be selected for further breeding.
▪ We can not permit a resource so vital to be dominated by one so ruthless.
▪ Human Resource departments are also unaccustomed to classifying employees according to these informal roles that are so vital to innovation.
▪ And never before has this knowledge been so vital to them.
▪ Bernal was also involved in the micro-mapping of the invasion beaches which was so vital for the landing of our forces.
▪ Now that she was convinced of his sincerity, she was wondering what could be so vital.
▪ What could be so vital to send him and two women trekking around the place?
▪ Another vital area of research is in energy.
▪ The response is being used to help shape future policy in this vital area.
▪ Unfortunately, this admirable attempt to streamline this vital area has been all but defeated by the bafflingly thick four bolt neck plate.
▪ Depending on what type of dust it is, it just might short out a vital area of the motherboard.
▪ Our progress in these vital areas can be summarised as record resources, record commitment, record results.
▪ But there are the keys, without which the adventurers can not gain entrance to vital areas of the Castle.
▪ I regret that I have to conclude that the omens for retaining national control of vital areas do not look good.
▪ Another vital area in terms of sensitive political control were the national minorities.
▪ The man got away but he may have left a vital clue.
▪ These could provide vital clues to climate change.
▪ A woman who spoke to detectives last year could have a vital clue, but be too terrified to telephone again.
▪ Elizabeth's last film reveals vital clues overlooked by clumsy Clouseau-class coppers who had already wiped out other vital evidence.
▪ The vital clue to an individual's sickness may come through any of the senses, so use them all.
▪ Gusev knew from experience that sooner or later something would emerge and give the vital clue.
▪ I recognise that practitioners will in some cases incur fruitless costs in the search for such a vital clue where none exists.
▪ As such, it gives a vital clue to his thinking.
▪ They form a vital component of our defences against chemical attack from trace compounds found largely in our diet.
▪ This is a small but vital component of the communication system.
▪ That is a vital component of the nation's action on the environment, because only business can actually deliver environmental improvements.
▪ The partners' duties A vital component of a partnership is the mutual trust between partners.
▪ But many caddies offer a great deal more and look upon themselves as vital components in the professional golfer's armoury.
▪ The use of the imagination is one of the vital components of successful hypnotherapy, whether regression is involved or not.
▪ These are the vital components of your engine's breathing system.
▪ Cholesterol, an excess of which can block blood vessels, is actually a vital component of every living cell.
▪ Indeed, she would argue that her forthright and uncompromising approach is a vital element of her success.
▪ But history is a vital element in national self-awareness.
▪ In other words, interactivity brings a vital element of added value to all electronic information, whether multimedia or not.
▪ A successful budgeting process must include two vital elements.
▪ It was this vital element which was lacking.
▪ That's the vital element, and whilst it remains the human body can survive the most amazing injuries.
▪ The intense preliminary bombardment, so characteristic of Pétain, was just too prolonged and sacrificed the vital element of surprise.
▪ A vital element in every marketing strategy is the marketing mix.
▪ An eager public lapped up the vital evidence.
▪ M-Fifty murder:Was vital evidence ignored by police?
▪ Workers may also have vital evidence to give about the interpretation of a parent's silence or refusal to give information.
▪ He was nine years old and able to provide police with vital evidence.
▪ Elizabeth's last film reveals vital clues overlooked by clumsy Clouseau-class coppers who had already wiped out other vital evidence.
▪ His fiancee, Gillyanne Anglin-Jarrett was due to give vital evidence for the prosecution today.
▪ And they revealed a taxi driver may hold vital evidence about events that night.
▪ Det Con Bill Turnbull's quick thinking helped obtain vital evidence to arrest four youths for armed robbery.
▪ The new studded boots gave his players poise and confidence and were a vital factor in their 3-1 win.
▪ The vital factor is that in each generation there is some small mutation which is an improvement, and which is conserved.
▪ This vital factor was most clearly recognised by policy-makers in the mid-1980s.
▪ Without doing so, we could miss vital factors of detriment both to water voles and other wetland wildlife.
▪ The breeding tank Without doubt the water the brood fish are placed in is a vital factor in obtaining a spawning.
▪ At seven, this was a vital factor for the girls.
▪ The other vital factor for banks' profitability in today's harsh climate is cost control.
▪ Certainly his skill as an administrator was a vital factor in ensuring that so much was built so quickly and magnificently.
▪ The ozone molecules are very thinly spread within this area but their fragile existence nevertheless serves a vital function to life.
▪ CollaborativeNetworking internal jobs can make so much economic sense that sometimes vital functions are outsourced to competitors, to mutual benefit.
▪ The energy we waste on coping with this excess is energy which is lost to other more vital functions.
▪ The vital function of ensuring overall coverage of new publications must be centrally organized. 5.
▪ The vital function of ensuring coverage of new publications is haphazard.
▪ These relationships thus perform the vital function of identifying index terms.
▪ This will, of course, affect the breathing and other vital functions of the body.
▪ Only thus can there be confirmation that the patient can not in fact sustain his own vital functions.
▪ Computers at the centres hold information of vital importance to any private forecaster.
▪ Atlanta was a manufacturing center of vital importance to the Confederate war effort.
▪ Even equipped with all these preconditions, it is also of vital importance for him to have to hand a good telescope.
▪ So now you know your real objective, and can appreciate the vital importance of this mission.
▪ The wording may look innocuous, but it is of vital importance.
▪ To the environmentally concerned, however, the origin and extraction method for capturing an essence may be of vital importance.
▪ The function is of vital importance.
▪ In this context, the use of kinsmen and women as intermediaries, both formal and informal, was of vital importance.
▪ The Commissions of Inquiry Act was to be amended to prevent the withholding of vital information.
▪ So we rely on instruments and probes to provide vital information.
▪ The air samples could give scientists vital information about long-term changes in the chemical composition of the atmosphere.
▪ All night long, serious, important matters were addressed; vital information was exchanged.
▪ I made sure the vital information was given out as simply as possible, without any of the accepted police jargon.
▪ In both cases it is the position of the lips that conveys much of the vital information.
▪ We hope that you will continue to provide us with this vital information as we embark together on the second piloting year.
▪ She does not work in isolation, and poor records will deprive others involved in teaching of vital information about the student.
▪ I would urge Reed to think again as wholesalers are a vital ingredient for effective modern bookselling.
▪ Patience with oneself and with the learner, a sense of humor, and abundant optimism are vital ingredients.
▪ Once those processes are specifically defined, disciplined execution is the next vital ingredient.
▪ That vital ingredient - confidence - is still absent but it may resurface soon.
▪ In all these respects, a product mindset provides a pivot point for other vital ingredients of success.
▪ The vital ingredient, the ingredient of life, was missing.
▪ A vital ingredient for exploring these five questions is imagination, and to that I now turn.
▪ Missi continued to be expected to supervise counts, and to act as vital links between palace and counties.
▪ Hams snap into action during times of crisis, providing vital links when traditional modes of communication crumble.
▪ In principle therefore payment of an Affiliation Fee would be an overt recognition of this vital link and mutual benefit. 5.
▪ Everywhere in the world, he provides the vital link between nature and the musician.
▪ For over five million passengers, Aurigny has become part of their holiday memories or a vital link with the outside world.
▪ The road from Salen is the tenuous lifeline of Ardnamurchan, the vital link with the world outside its boundaries.
▪ Public transport is seen as a vital link to the shops and services of the town centre.
▪ But if tumour cells spread, a process called metastasis, they can form tumours in vital organs such as the lungs.
▪ I imagine bombers strafing our school, imagine myself being hit in a vital organ.
▪ Blood supply to the vital organs can be more accurately measured by a central venous pressure line.
▪ The announcer explains that by attacking the central nervous system it paralyzes the vital organs.
▪ The vital organs, the stomach, the intestines, the lungs and the liver, were withdrawn carefully and whole.
▪ In the process this helped to balance the forward weight of the rib-cage housing the creature's vital organs.
▪ The second bullet entered his stomach and damaged vital organs.
▪ Or how about a vital organ being removed and the opt-out card being found at a later date?
▪ In this respect, the family is regarded as a vital part of the social structure.
▪ This feature is incredibly useful and it is a vital part of racing technique.
▪ We will provide further funding for voluntary organisations to play their vital part in the development of community care services.
▪ Ask about Talkabout Nuclear power is frequently misunderstood but the truth is it plays a vital part in our everyday life.
▪ Mr Trimble is a vital part ofthe peace process.
▪ It forms therefore, a vital part of today's chemistry courses.
▪ To begin to decrease this isolation is therefore a vital part of the stress-reduction programme.
▪ Throughout that summer more vital pieces of the rear fuselage were recovered along the downwind wreckage trail.
▪ Trust Newton, Hope thought, to miss out the most vital piece of information.
▪ The vital questions were aptly summarised by Jacobs on 19 September.
▪ Unfortunately, the vital question of why the pilot erred is overlooked.
▪ And today, the vital questions still remain unanswered.
▪ What we have, we hold: The decision not to build in Foxley Wood leaves vital questions of planning policy unanswered.
▪ Yet, Eastman's statement leads to another vital question that needs to be addressed.
▪ This brings us again to the vital question of where sediments actually accumulate at the present day.
▪ These shortcomings are most frustrating when it comes to the vital question of what to do next.
▪ Fairly recently zoos have taken on vital roles as places of refuge for species.
▪ Volunteers play a vital role on the water rescue team, Fonder said.
▪ This is where the monetarist assumption of an exogenous money supply plays such a vital role.
▪ In so doing she demonstrated the vital role of the family in early-modern towns.
▪ Cloth-making also had a vital role to play in the Borders economy, he argued.
▪ That provided support for the regulars in a vital role.
▪ Kostunica wrote his doctoral thesis in 1976 attesting to the vital role played by political opposition groups in the West.
▪ If problems have been identified during assessment, monitoring of vital signs and fluid balance may continue.
▪ Soon, all the vital signs improved, and Keynes looked like the hero of the century.
▪ He was conscious but still drowsy and his vital signs were stable.
▪ These rarely seen specialists administer local and general anesthesia, handle pain control and monitor your vital signs during the operation.
▪ Theatre staff usually wait until the patient's vital signs are stabilizing before allowing the patient to return to the ward.
▪ The following instructions were given: To monitor vital signs and measure the central venous pressure, half hourly at first.
▪ And disguising your vital signs can be attained-albeit with effort.
▪ He's a good weight, his vital signs are stable.
▪ Experts are now being called out to check this tress vital statistics, and establish it officially as a record breaker.
▪ That process involves matching voter files with change-of-address forms and Arizona vital statistics.
▪ This is based on enumerative classification, which is deeply rooted in the traditions of epidemiology and vital statistics.
▪ Often they put the most vital statistics on big boards out in front of the unit, for the competition to see.
▪ Managers need information on population size and characteristics, vital statistics, finances, personnel and facilities.
▪ They are vital statistics if you want an accurate estimate of how much you have left over.
▪ You're in the right place to catch up on all the vital statistics in the competition so far.
▪ One man could not be found, several others were slightly injured, but worst of all vital supplies were missing.
▪ Container ships with vital supplies are stranded on the high seas.
▪ Surrounded by crossfire the Hercules, carrying vital supplies of food and medicines, descends steeply to avoid the crossfire.
▪ Some vital supplies were lost when natives attacked pack-horse trains.
▪ a strong, vital man
▪ His evidence was vital to the defence case.
▪ In this job, the ability to remain calm is vital.
▪ It is vital that leaking gas pipes are fixed immediately.
▪ nurses, police officers and other workers who provide vital services
▪ Regular exercise is vital for your health.
▪ Schools are a vital part of American neighborhoods.
▪ The European Space Agency said that a vital piece of equipment on the craft had stopped functioning.
▪ Ethanol interferes with many of the reactions vital to the life of a cell.
▪ It is vital to match the software to the task, not the other way around.
▪ The division occurred on the day of a vital meeting of the 140 members of the Janata Dal parliamentary party.
▪ The man got away but he may have left a vital clue.
▪ The pathogen could disrupt these vital cells, which would cause the capillaries to become leaky.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Vital \Vi"tal\, n. A vital part; one of the vitals. [R.]


Vital \Vi"tal\, a. [F., fr. L. vitalis, fr. vita life; akin to vivere to live. See Vivid.]

  1. Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable; as, vital energies; vital functions; vital actions.

  2. Contributing to life; necessary to, or supporting, life; as, vital blood.

    Do the heavens afford him vital food?

    And vital virtue infused, and vital warmth.

  3. Containing life; living. ``Spirits that live throughout, vital in every part.''

  4. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends; mortal.

    The dart flew on, and pierced a vital part.

  5. Very necessary; highly important; essential.

    A competence is vital to content.

  6. Capable of living; in a state to live; viable. [R.]

    Pythagoras and Hippocrates . . . affirm the birth of the seventh month to be vital.
    --Sir T. Browne.

    Vital air, oxygen gas; -- so called because essential to animal life. [Obs.]

    Vital capacity (Physiol.), the breathing capacity of the lungs; -- expressed by the number of cubic inches of air which can be forcibly exhaled after a full inspiration.

    Vital force. (Biol.) See under Force. The vital forces, according to Cope, are nerve force (neurism), growth force (bathmism), and thought force (phrenism), all under the direction and control of the vital principle. Apart from the phenomena of consciousness, vital actions no longer need to be considered as of a mysterious and unfathomable character, nor vital force as anything other than a form of physical energy derived from, and convertible into, other well-known forces of nature.

    Vital functions (Physiol.), those functions or actions of the body on which life is directly dependent, as the circulation of the blood, digestion, etc.

    Vital principle, an immaterial force, to which the functions peculiar to living beings are ascribed.

    Vital statistics, statistics respecting the duration of life, and the circumstances affecting its duration.

    Vital tripod. (Physiol.) See under Tripod.

    Vital vessels (Bot.), a name for latex tubes, now disused. See Latex.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "of or manifesting life," from Latin vitalis "of or belonging to life," from vita "life," related to vivere "to live," from PIE root *gweie- (1) "to live" (see bio-). The sense of "necessary or important" is from 1610s, via the notion of "essential to life" (late 15c.). Vital capacity recorded from 1852. Related: Vitally.


a. 1 Relating to, or characteristic of life. 2 Necessary to the continuation of life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends. 3 invigorating or life-giving. 4 Necessary to continued existence. 5 Relating to the recording of life events. 6 Very important.

  1. adj. urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest" [syn: critical]

  2. performing an essential function in the living body; "vital organs"; "blood and other vital fluids"; "the loss of vital heat in shock"; "a vital spot"; "life-giving love and praise" [syn: life-sustaining]

  3. full of spirit; "a dynamic full of life woman"; "a vital and charismatic leader"; "this whole lively world" [syn: full of life, lively]

  4. manifesting or characteristic of life; "a vital, living organism"; "vital signs"


The acronym VITAL may refer to:

  • the VITAL trial, also known as the Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial
  • the charity, VITAL for Children
Vital (film)

Vital is a Japanese film made in 2004. It was directed by Shinya Tsukamoto and stars Tadanobu Asano as Hiroshi Takagi, a man whose girlfriend dies and who loses his memory in a car accident.

The original concept that inspired Vital was the image of medical students making sketches during a dissection. Tsukamoto visited a medical school and observed a dissection while writing the screenplay, which was originally titled: Dissection Film Project. Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical sketches were a direct inspiration.

Vital (surname)

Vital is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Albert Camille Vital (born 1952), Malagasy Army officer, politician and civil engineer
  • Dinis Vital (born 1932), Portuguese footballer
  • Francisco Vital (born 1954), Portuguese footballer and manager
  • Hayyim ben Joseph Vital (1543-1620), rabbi and Kabbalistic author
  • Jose Reginaldo Vital (born 1976), Brazilian footballer
  • Lionel Vital (born 1963), American football player
  • Yedidya Vital (born 1984), Israeli actor
Vital (Anberlin album)

Vital is the sixth studio album by American alternative rock band Anberlin which was released on October 16, 2012. In interviews, vocalist Stephen Christian has stated the album has a youthful, energetic energy and features new influences for the band. Upon release, the album was met with favorable reviews from critics and fans alike. The album was re-released in 2013 as Devotion, adding the deluxe tracks from various retailers, new remixes, and a full live album.

VITAL (software)

VITAL is a software suite of digital asset management products by VTLS based on the open source Fedora architecture.

It was unveiled at the 2004 American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting. Version 2.0 was released November 29, 2005 after acceptance testing by Australian Research Repositories Online to the World.

Vital (Fernando Otero album)

Vital is an album by Argentine pianist, vocalist and composer Fernando Otero, recorded in 2008 and released on the Harmonia Mundi's World Village label.

Vital (Van der Graaf Generator album)

Vital is the first live album by English progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. It was recorded 16 January 1978 at the Marquee Club in London and was released in July, one month after the band's 1978 break-up. The album (on vinyl and, later, on CD) was credited under the abbreviated name Van der Graaf, like the previous year's The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome, and featured the same line-up plus newcomer cellist Charles Dickie, who had officially joined the band in August 1977, and original saxophonist and flautist David Jackson, who re-joined the band for this recording.

The album is noted for its sometimes radical reworking of the older material. Although Van der Graaf Generator were seldom less than intense on stage, the 1977 and 1978 tours were remarkable for their ferocity. The absence of Hugh Banton, whose organ work was a hallmark of the group's sound before his departure in 1976, as well as frontman Peter Hammill's increased duties as a rhythm guitarist, account for much of this.

Vital (grape)

Vital is a white Portuguese wine grape variety that is grown primarily in Western Portugal. Sometimes known under the synonym Malvasia Corado, the variety tends to produce rather neutral flavor wine with low acidity unless the grape is grown in vineyards of high altitude.

Another common synonym in the Lisboa VR of the former Estremadura Province is Malvasia Fina though ampelographers are not sure if Vital is related to the Malvasia grown widely in Italy, Greece and throughout Europe. One key difference that ampelographers note is that the shape of the leaves of Vital and the various Malvasia species tend to be very different. Even in the Douro DOC there is a Malvasia Fina used in Port wine production that may or may not be the same variety as Vital.

Usage examples of "vital".

In the strategic confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, the adequacy of air defences was a vital issue.

A hearing before judgment, with full opportunity to submit evidence and arguments being all that can be adjudged vital, it follows that rehearings and new trials are not essential to due process of law.

Now the adrenal glands serve a vital functional purpose, necessary to the health of the normal man.

And continuity of message is also a vital piece of the advertising pie-from headline to body copy.

They no sooner appeared in the sky before they were attacked by a horde of the alated and the ships went up in smoke as soon as the thunderbolts reached their vital parts.

That ordinary alimentation, which includes the process of digestion, the subsequent vital changes involved in the conversion of food into blood, and its final transformation into tissue, causes mental languor and dullness, as well as bodily exhaustion, is attested by universal experience.

From what has been said, it will readily be seen that whether an animal be carnivorous or herbivorous, it begins to starve as soon as its vital food-stuffs consist only of amyloids, or fats, or both.

Hundreds of human proteins, from angiotensin to chorionic gonadotropin, were being grown as crystals aboard ISS -- vital pharmaceutical research that could lead to the development of new drugs.

Tombs, Benjamin, and Jefferson Davis upon vital issues which, transferred later from forum and from Senate, were to find bloody arbitrament by arms.

I feel, however, that in view of the expansion and the growing importance of the administrative sphere of the Cause, the general sentiments and tendencies prevailing among the friends, and the signs of increasing interdependence among the National Spiritual Assemblies throughout the world, the assembled accredited representatives of the American believers should exercise not only the vital and responsible right of electing the National Assembly, but should also fulfill the functions of an enlightened, consultative and cooperative body that will enrich the experience, enhance the prestige, support the authority, and assist the deliberations of the National Spiritual Assembly.

His wounded head beat with tremendous and straining painfulness, as though it would burst asunder, and he was possessed by a burning thirst that seemed to consume his very vitals.

Few of you here will know this, but Atheling Radgar played a vital role in the negotiation of the treaty, although he was only a child at the time.

Today the vital issue in this area of Constitutional Law is whether the treaty-making power is competent to assume obligations for the United States in the discharge of which the President can, without violation of his oath to support the Constitution, involve the country in large scale military operations abroad without authorization by the war-declaring power, Congress to wit.

Christianity on Judaism made the Christians avowedly adopt all the vital doctrines of the older creed.

The axon stretches so far from the cell body that it seems quite reasonable to assume it can no longer maintain active communication throughout its length with the cell nucleus and the nucleus is vital to cellular activity and integrity.