Webster 1913 Edition
[Cf. (for sense 2) F.
Having the quality of spirit; tenuous in substance, and having active powers or properties; ethereal; immaterial; spiritual; pure.
Containing, or of the nature of, alcoholic (esp. distilled) spirit; consisting of refined spirit; alcoholic; ardent;
Lively; gay; vivid; airy.
Sir H. Wotton.
The mind of man is of that
spirituous, stirring nature, that it is perpetually at work.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Containing spirit; consisting of refined spirit; ardent; as spirituous liquors. [This might well be written spiritous.]
2.Having the quality of spirit; fine; pure; active; as the spirituous part of a plant.
3.Lively; gay; vivid; airy. [Not in use.]