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 for vital
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Contributing to life; necessary to, or supporting, life;
        as, vital blood.
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              Do the heavens afford him vital food? --Spenser.
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              And vital virtue infused, and vital warmth.
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     3. Containing life; living. "Spirits that live throughout,
        vital in every part." --Milton.
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     4. Being the seat of life; being that on which life depends;
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              The dart flew on, and pierced a vital part. --Pope.
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     5. Very necessary; highly important; essential.
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              A competence is vital to content.     --Young.
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     6. Capable of living; in a state to live; viable. [R.]
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              Pythagoras and Hippocrates . . . affirm the birth of
              the seventh month to be vital.        --Sir T.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vital \Vi"tal\, n.
     A vital part; one of the vitals. [R.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical
             element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital
             for a healthy society"; "of vital interest" [syn:
             critical, vital]
      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: vital, 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, vital]
      4: manifesting or characteristic of life; "a vital, living
         organism"; "vital signs"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  224 Moby Thesaurus words for "vital":
     abiding, aboveground, acid, age-long, aged, agog, alacritous,
     alive, alive and kicking, all agog, among the living, ancient,
     animate, animated, animating, antic, antique, anxious, armipotent,
     authoritative, avid, bang, basic, bedrock, biological, biotic,
     biting, bouncing, breathing, breathless, brisk, bursting to,
     called for, capable of life, capersome, cardinal, central, chronic,
     cogent, coltish, compulsory, conscious, constant, constitutive,
     continuing, corrosive, critical, crucial, cutting, desirous,
     diuturnal, drive, driving, durable, dynamic, eager, effective,
     endowed with life, enduring, energetic, enlivened, enlivening,
     essential, evergreen, existent, exuberant, flush, focal, forceful,
     forcible, forward, frisky, frolicsome, full of beans, full of life,
     fundamental, gamesome, gay, getup, gutsy, hale, hale and hearty,
     hardy, hearty, high-potency, high-powered, high-pressure,
     high-tension, immutable, impatient, imperative, important,
     impressive, in force, in power, in the flesh, incisive, indicated,
     indispensable, inspirited, instinct with life, integral,
     intransient, inveterate, invigorating, irreducible, irreductible,
     irreplaceable, irresistible, keen, key, lasting, life-and-death,
     life-giving, life-or-death, live, lively, living, long-lasting,
     long-lived, long-standing, long-term, longeval, longevous, lusty,
     macrobiotic, main, mandatory, material, mighty, mighty in battle,
     mordant, necessary, needed, needful, nervous, of long duration,
     of long standing, of vital importance, operative, organic,
     organized, panting, paramount, penetrating, perdurable, perduring,
     perennial, permanent, perpetual, persistent, persisting,
     physiological, piercing, pivotal, playful, poignant, potent,
     powerful, prepotent, prerequisite, prompt, puissant, punchy, quick,
     quickening, raring to, ready, ready and willing, red-blooded,
     rejuvenating, remaining, required, requisite, reviving, robust,
     robustious, robustuous, rollicking, rollicksome, rompish, rude,
     rugged, ruling, sempervirent, sensational, sinewed, sinewy,
     skittish, slashing, spirited, sportive, sprightly, stable,
     stalwart, staying, steadfast, stout, strenuous, striking, strong,
     sturdy, substantive, telling, tenacious of life, tough, trenchant,
     unfading, unforgoable, valid, very much alive, viable, vigorous,
     vim, vitality, vitalizing, vivacious, vivid, vivified, vivifying,
     wanted, zestful, zippy, zoetic

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         VHDL Initiative Toward ASIC Libraries (ASIC, VHDL)

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     A semantics language using FSL, developed by Mondshein in
     [Sammet 1969, p. 641].

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