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
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
2. A wish of health and happiness, as in
pledging a person in a toast. "Come, love and health to
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