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Meaning of health by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlþ .


    • enPR: hĕlth, IPA: /hɛlθ/, X-SAMPA: /hElT/
      • ( UK, US ) IPA: [hɛɫθ], X-SAMPA: [hE5T]
    • Rhymes: -ɛlθ


    health ( usually uncountable; plural: healths )

    1. The state of being free from physical or psychological disease, illness, or malfunction; wellness. [from 11th c.]
    2. A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall level of function of an organism from the cellular ( micro ) level to the social ( macro ) level .
    3. Physical condition .
    4. ( obsolete ) Cure, remedy. [11th-16th c.]
    5. ( countable ) A toast to prosperity. [from 17th c.]

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    See also

    • health in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • health in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of health by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the general condition of body and mind

    2. his delicate health
      in poor health
    3. a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease

    4. physicians should be held responsible for the health of their patients

    Definition of health by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Health ( hĕlth ), n. [OE. helthe, AS. hǣlþ, fr. hāl hale, sound, whole. See Whole.]
      1. The state of being hale, sound, or whole, in body, mind, or soul; especially, the state of being free from physical disease or pain.

      There is no health in us. Book of Common Prayer.

      Though health may be enjoyed without gratitude, it can not be sported with without loss, or regained by courage. Buckminster.

      2. A wish of health and happiness, as in pledging a person in a toast. “Come, love and health to all.” Shak.

      Bill of health. See under Bill. -- Health lift, a machine for exercise, so arranged that a person lifts an increasing weight, or moves a spring of increasing tension, in such a manner that most of the muscles of the body are brought into gradual action; -- also called lifting machine. -- Health officer, one charged with the enforcement of the sanitary laws of a port or other place. -- To drink a health. See under Drink.