Definitions for nervenɜrv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nervenɜrv(n.; v.)nerved, nerv•ing.

  1. (n.)one or more bundles of fibers forming part of a system that conveys impulses of sensation, motion, etc., between the brain or spinal cord and other parts of the body.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. courage under trying circumstances.

  3. boldness; impertinence.

  4. nerves, nervousness:

    an attack of nerves.

  5. strength, vigor, or energy.

  6. a sinew or tendon:

    to strain every nerve.

  7. (not in technical use) the pulp of a tooth.

    Category: Dentistry

  8. a vein, as in a leaf.

    Category: Botany

  9. (v.t.)to give strength, vigor, or courage to.

Idioms for nerve:

  1. get on someone's nerves,to irritate or annoy someone.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of nerve:

1350–1400; < L nervus sinew, tendon; akin to Gk neûron (see neuron )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nerve, nervus(noun)

    any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body

  2. heart, mettle, nerve, spunk(noun)

    the courage to carry on

    "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball"

  3. boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheek(verb)

    impudent aggressiveness

    "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"

  4. steel, nerve(verb)

    get ready for something difficult or unpleasant

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nerve(noun)ɜrv

    a part of your body that sends messages to your brain, allowing you to sense pain, heat, etc.

    a pinched nerve in his lower back

  2. nerveɜrv

    courage to do sth dangerous or difficult

    I didn't think I would have the nerve to ask for more money.; It was scary at first, but she never lost her nerve.

  3. nerveɜrv

    worry or anxiety, especially before you perform, compete, etc.

    My nerves are so bad just before I go on stage.

  4. nerveɜrv

    to have a complete lack of concern about doing sth that will upset sb

    I can't believe he has the nerve to be here after what he did to her.

  5. nerveɜrv

    to annoy sb

    Turn that music off - it's getting on my nerves.


  1. nerve(Noun)

    A bundle of neurons with their connective tissue sheaths, blood vessels and lymphatics.

    The nerves can be seen through the skin.

  2. nerve(Noun)

    A neuron.

  3. nerve(Noun)

    A vein in a leaf; a grain in wood

    Some plants have ornamental value because of their contrasting nerves

  4. nerve(Noun)

    Courage, boldness.

    He hasn't the nerve to tell her he likes her, what a wimp!

  5. nerve(Noun)


  6. nerve(Noun)

    Stamina, endurance, fortitude.

  7. nerve(Noun)

    Audacity, gall.

    He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited.

  8. nerve(Noun)

    Agitation caused by fear, stress or other negative emotion.

    Ellie had a bad case of nerves before the big test.

  9. nerve(Verb)

    To give courage; sometimes with "up".

    May their example nerve us to face the enemy.

  10. nerve(Verb)

    To give strength

    The liquor nerved up several of the men after their icy march.

  11. Origin: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nerve(noun)

    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. Nerve(noun)

    a sinew or a tendon

  3. Nerve(noun)

    physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control; constitutional vigor

  4. Nerve(noun)

    steadiness and firmness of mind; self-command in personal danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution

  5. Nerve(noun)

    audacity; assurance

  6. Nerve(noun)

    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. Nerve(noun)

    one of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of insects

  8. Nerve(verb)

    to give strength or vigor to; to supply with force; as, fear nerved his arm


  1. Nerve

    A nerve is an enclosed, cable-like bundle of axons in the peripheral nervous system. A nerve provides a common pathway for the electrochemical nerve impulses that are transmitted along each of the axons to peripheral organs. In the central nervous system, the analogous structures are known as tracts. Neurons are sometimes called nerve cells, though this term is potentially misleading since many neurons do not form nerves, and nerves also include non-neuronal Schwann cells that coat the axons in myelin. Each nerve is a cordlike structure that contains many axons. These axons are often referred to as "fibres". Within a nerve, each axon is surrounded by a layer of connective tissue called the endoneurium. The axons are bundled together into groups called fascicles, and each fascicle is wrapped in a layer of connective tissue called the perineurium. Finally, the entire nerve is wrapped in a layer of connective tissue called the epineurium.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. NERVE

    Breaking the hair-brush on the disobedient scion, then making him pay for a new one. See revised version, "Spare the rod and spoil the hair-brush!"

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nerve' in Nouns Frequency: #1559

Translations for nerve

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


one of the cords which carry messages between all parts of the body and the brain.

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