What does nerve mean?

Definitions for nerve
nɜrvnerve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nerve, nervusnoun

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

  2. heart, mettle, nerve, spunknoun

    the courage to carry on

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

  3. boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheekverb

    impudent aggressiveness

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

  4. steel, nerveverb

    get ready for something difficult or unpleasant

Wiktionary

  1. nervenoun

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

    The nerves can be seen through the skin.

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

  2. nervenoun

    A neuron.

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

  3. nervenoun

    A vein in a leaf; a grain in wood

    Some plants have ornamental value because of their contrasting nerves

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

  4. nervenoun

    Courage, boldness.

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

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

  5. nervenoun

    Patience.

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

  6. nervenoun

    Stamina, endurance, fortitude.

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

  7. nervenoun

    Audacity, gall.

    He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited.

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

  8. nervenoun

    Agitation caused by fear, stress or other negative emotion.

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

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

  9. nerveverb

    To give courage; sometimes with "up".

    May their example nerve us to face the enemy.

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

  10. nerveverb

    To give strength

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

    Etymology: Recorded since circa 1374, from nervus, from nervus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nervenoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]

  2. Nervenoun

    a sinew or a tendon

    Etymology: [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]

  3. Nervenoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]

  4. Nervenoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]

  5. Nervenoun

    audacity; assurance

    Etymology: [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]

  6. Nervenoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]

  7. Nervenoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]

  8. Nerveverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle. Cf. Neuralgia.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nerve

    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

  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!"

Entomology

  1. Nerve

    a thread-like structure, composed of delicate filaments whose function it is to transmit sensations or stimuli to or from a ganglion or from or to any part of the body or its appendages.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nerve in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nerve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of nerve in a Sentence

  1. Robert Hawthorne:

    I believe this photo strikes a nerve for a lot of people, many people shiver and recoil when they see it, imagining themselves in the fishermen's shoes.

  2. J. K. Rowling:

    You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.

  3. Kristin Sausville:

    It was more nerve-wracking to be the only person on stage, on the one hand, it was nice not to have to worry about what anyone else was wagering, but at the same time, it meant that all of the contestant coordinators, compliance people, and stage crew were standing around me.

  4. Francesca Cordeiro:

    We used nanotechnology, the advantage of it being so small is it can cross into the eye as an eye drop into the back of the eye. Once it enters, it can affect the nerve cells there, and that direct effect can lead to them not dying. It's what we call neuroprotection.

  5. Danielle Kang:

    Let me tell you, that was the hardest two-footer I’ve ever had to putt, it was pretty nerve-wracking, but I just did it.

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