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." Bill of health. See 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 Drink.

Origin: OE. Helthe, AS. Hlp, fr. Hal hale, sound, whole. See Whole.

(01 Mar 1998)