I'd like to step in and offer a definition. Life requires the capacity to grow, metabolize, respond (to stimuli), adapt, and reproduce. To say something has a spirit is not to say that it is alive.
Furthermore, I would say that spirits of objects are generally the bit of the whole which has taken up residence within the item, and not all objects have enough spirit to form consciousness.
Child of Gaia; student of Athena, Odin, and Djehuty; and follower of the middle path.
Moderation in all things, including moderation.