Definition of Nerve

1. Noun. Any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body.

2. Verb. Get ready for something difficult or unpleasant.
Exact synonyms: Steel
Generic synonyms: Brace, Poise

3. Noun. The courage to carry on. "You haven't got the heart for baseball"
Exact synonyms: Heart, Mettle, Spunk
Generic synonyms: Braveness, Bravery, Courage, Courageousness
Derivative terms: Nervy, Spunky, Spunky

4. Noun. Impudent aggressiveness. "He had the effrontery to question my honesty"
Exact synonyms: Boldness, Brass, Cheek, Face
Generic synonyms: Aggressiveness
Specialized synonyms: Audaciousness, Audacity
Derivative terms: Brassy, Cheek, Cheeky, Face, Nervy

Definition of Nerve

1. n. One of the whitish and elastic bundles of fibers, with the accompanying tissues, which transmit nervous impulses between nerve centers and various parts of the animal body.

2. v. t. To give strength or vigor to; to supply with force; as, fear nerved his arm.

Definition of Nerve

1. Noun. (zoology) A bundle of neurons with their connective tissue sheaths, blood vessels and lymphatics. ¹

2. Noun. (context: nonstandard colloquial) A neuron. ¹

3. Noun. (botany) A vein in a leaf; a grain in wood ¹

4. Noun. Courage, boldness. ¹

5. Noun. Patience. (rfexample) (rfex) ¹

6. Noun. Stamina, endurance, fortitude. (rfexample) ¹

7. Noun. Audacity, gall. ¹

8. Noun. (in the plural) Agitation caused by fear, stress or other negative emotion. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To give courage; ''sometimes with "up".'' ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To give strength ¹

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Definition of Nerve

1. to give courage to [v NERVED, NERVING, NERVES]

Medical Definition of Nerve

1. 1. One of the whitish and elastic bundles of fibres, with the accompanying tissues, which transmit nervous impulses between nerve centers and various parts of the animal body. An ordinary nerve is made up of several bundles of nerve fibres, each bundle inclosed in a special sheath (the perineurium) and all bound together in a connective tissue sheath and framework (the epineurium) containing blood vessels and lymphatics. 2. A sinew or a tendon. 3. Physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control; constitutional vigor. "he led me on to mightiest deeds, Above the nerve of mortal arm." (Milton) 4. Steadiness and firmness of mind; self-command in personal danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution. 5. Audacity; assurance. 6. One of the principal fibrovascular bundles or ribs of a leaf, especially when these extend straight from the base or the midrib of the leaf. 7. One of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of insects. Nerve cell, the operation of stretching a nerve in order to remedy diseases such as tetanus, which are supposed to be influenced by the condition of the nerve or its connections. Origin: OE. Nerfe, F. Nerf, L. Nervus, akin to Gr. Sinew, nerve; cf. String, bowstring; perh. Akin to E. Needle. Cf. Neuralgia. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nerve

neroli oil
nerve (current term)
nerve agent
nerve agents
nerve avulsion
nerve biopsy
nerve block
nerve block anaesthesia
nerve block anesthesia
nerve cell
nerve cell body

Literary usage of Nerve

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The fifth nerve may be affected in its entirety, or its sensory or motor root may ... The fifth nerve is often the seat of neuralgia, and each of the three ..."

2. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"The nerve-fibres proceed to and from the nerve-cells, thus serving to unite ... Here, for instance, is a sketch of highly magnified nerve-tissue as we find ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"that the muscle has been paralyzed by the division of all of its nerve supply. ... In the first series of experiments all of the branches of a nerve to a ..."

4. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1906)
"Before proceeding to the clinical aspect of my subject, it is of great importance that certain facts pertaining to the anatomy of the facial nerve and its ..."

5. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1900)
"Resection and Suture of an Ulnar nerve, with Immediate Restoration of Function ; Exhibition of Patient. BY ERNEST LAPLACE, MD [Read December 12,1900. ..."

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