What does nerve mean?

Definitions for nerve
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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.

  2. nervenoun

    A neuron.

  3. nervenoun

    A vein in a leaf; a grain in wood

    Some plants have ornamental value because of their contrasting nerves

  4. nervenoun

    Courage, boldness.

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

  5. nervenoun

    Patience.

  6. nervenoun

    Stamina, endurance, fortitude.

  7. nervenoun

    Audacity, gall.

    He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited.

  8. nervenoun

    Agitation caused by fear, stress or other negative emotion.

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

  9. nerveverb

    To give courage; sometimes with "up".

    May their example nerve us to face the enemy.

  10. nerveverb

    To give strength

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NERVEnoun

    The organs of sensation passing from the brain to all parts of the body.

    Etymology: nervus, Latin; nerf, Fr.

    The nerves do ordinarily accompany the arteries through all the body; they have also blood-vessels, as the other parts of the body. Wherever any nerve sends out a branch, or receives one from another, or where two nerves join together, there is generally a ganglio or plexus. John Quincy.

    What man dare, I dare:
    Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear;
    Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
    Shall never tremble. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Strong Tharysmed discharged a speeding blow
    Full on his neck, and cut the nerves in two. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

Wikipedia

  1. Nerve

    A nerve is an enclosed, cable-like bundle of nerve fibers (called axons) in the peripheral nervous system. Axons transmit electrical impulses. Nerves have historically been considered the basic units of the peripheral nervous system. A nerve provides a common pathway for the electrochemical nerve impulses called action potentials that are transmitted along each of the axons to peripheral organs or, in the case of sensory nerves, from the periphery back to the central nervous system. Each axon, within the nerve, is an extension of an individual neuron, along with other supportive cells such as some Schwann cells that coat the axons in myelin. 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. Nerve cells (often called neurons) are further classified as sensory, motor, or mixed nerves. In the central nervous system, the analogous structures are known as nerve tracts.

ChatGPT

  1. nerve

    A nerve is a bundle of fibers that transmits electrical impulses between the brain or spinal cord and other parts of the body. These fibers, called neurons, facilitate communication within the body, allowing sensory and motor information to be conveyed to and from the central nervous system. Nerves are essential for the functioning of the body's sensory, motor and automatic systems, facilitating actions such as seeing, hearing, moving muscles, and regulating body functions.

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

  2. Nervenoun

    a sinew or a tendon

  3. Nervenoun

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

  4. Nervenoun

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

  5. Nervenoun

    audacity; assurance

  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

  7. Nervenoun

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

  8. Nerveverb

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

  9. 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.]

Wikidata

  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. Charlie Rose:

    Clearly it struck a nerve.

  2. Kat Van Kirk:

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  3. Rudyard Kipling:

    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them 'Hold on'

  4. Chrissy Metz:

    You know, when you have to take seriously, it is a little more nerve-racking, when you're joking around on an interview, it's different. But, no, I'm excited.

  5. Karen Kasich:

    If I throw a ball up in the air, the laws of gravity don't immediately have it come down. The laws of gravity mean at some point it will come down, but look, he's touched a nerve that I talked about in the very first debate. People feel like they don't have much say. They think that the rich and the special interests get everything they want. And I acknowledge that. And I tell people that, you know, I've been the antidote to that most of my lifetime.

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