any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body
heart, mettle, nerve, spunk(noun)
the courage to carry on
"he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball"
boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheek(verb)
"I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
A bundle of neurons with their connective tissue sheaths, blood vessels and lymphatics.
The nerves can be seen through the skin.
A vein in a leaf; a grain in wood
Some plants have ornamental value because of their contrasting nerves
He hasn't the nerve to tell her he likes her, what a wimp!
Stamina, endurance, fortitude.
He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited.
Agitation caused by fear, stress or other negative emotion.
Ellie had a bad case of nerves before the big test.
To give courage; sometimes with "up".
May their example nerve us to face the enemy.
To give strength
The liquor nerved up several of the men after their icy march.
Origin: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.
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
a sinew or a tendon
physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control; constitutional vigor
steadiness and firmness of mind; self-command in personal danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution
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
one of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of insects
to give strength or vigor to; to supply with force; as, fear nerved his arm
Origin: [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nėrv, n. bodily strength, firmness, courage: (anat.) one of the fibres which convey sensation from all parts of the body to the brain: (bot.) one of the fibres or ribs in the leaves of plants: a trade term for a non-porous quality of cork, slightly charred: (pl.) hysterical nervousness.—v.t. to give strength or vigour to: to arm with force.—adj. Nerv′al.—ns. Nervā′tion, the arrangement or distribution of nerves, esp. those of leaves; Nerve′-cell, any cell forming part of the nervous system, esp. one of those by means of which nerve-fibres are connected with each other; Nerve′-cen′tre, a collection of nerve-cells from which nerves branch out.—adj. Nerved, furnished with nerves, or with nerves of a special character, as 'strong-nerved.'—n. Nerve′-fī′bre, one of the essential thread-like units of which a nerve is composed.—adj. Nerve′less, without strength.—n. Nerve′lessness.—adj. Nerv′ine, acting on the nerves: quieting nervous excitement.—n. a medicine that soothes nervous excitement.—adjs. Nerv′ous, having nerve: sinewy: strong, vigorous, showing strength and vigour: pertaining to the nerves: having the nerves easily excited or weak; Nerv′ous, Nervose′, Nerved (bot.) having parallel fibres or veins.—adv. Nerv′ously.—n. Nerv′ousness.—adj. Nerv′ūlar.—ns. Nerv′ūle, a small nerve, a small vein of an insect's wing—also Nervulet, Veinlet, Venule; Nerv′ure, one of the nerves or veins of leaves: one of the horny tubes or divisions which expand the wings of insects: one of the ribs in a groined vault: a projecting moulding.—adj. Nerv′y, strong, vigorous.—Nervous system (anat.), the brain, spinal cord, and nerves collectively: the whole of the nerves and nerve-centres of the body considered as related to each other, and fitted to act together. [Fr.,—L. nervus; Gr. neuron, a sinew.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
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
Rank popularity for the word 'nerve' in Nouns Frequency: #1559
The numerical value of nerve in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of nerve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- nerviCatalan, Valencian
- descaro, frescura, nervio, coraje, nerviosSpanish
- hermo, rohkeus, sisu, otsa, kärsivällisyys, röyhkeys, väristysFinnish
- toupet, culot, nerf, cran, nervureFrench
- ջիղ, նյարդ, քաջությունArmenian
- nervo, nervatura, faccia tosta, sfacciataggine, coraggio, nerviItalian
- 신경, 神經Korean
- мэдрэл, нервMongolian
- geduld, sterke zenuwen, uithoudingsvermogen, neuronenbundel, neuron, nerf, lef, verduldigheid, zenuw, zenuwknoop, durf, moed, stalen zenuwenDutch
- atsʼoosNavajo, Navaho
- nerwy, nerw, tupet, zuchwalstwo, bezczelność, odwaga, czelnośćPolish
- nerv, nervură, putere, insolență, nerușinare, nervi, curaj, răbdare, rezistență, tupeuRomanian
- нерв, мужество, выдержка, наглость, смелость, терпениеRussian
- nerv, живац, živac, нервSerbo-Croatian
- tålamod, uthållighet, nerv, ådra, nerver, stamina, nervigSwedish
- เส้นประสาท, ประสาทThai
- lakas ng loob, tapang, kapal, kagitingan, kompiyansa, kapal ng mukhaTagalog
- thần kinh, 神經Vietnamese
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