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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


  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


  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.

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.]


  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!"


  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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  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. Rupert Werff:

    This is a very exciting but nerve-wracking time for us, the first juvenile allosaurus was just a couple of limb bones and three ribs, so this is by far the most intact specimen.

  2. Vanna Bonta:

    The body knows no pain, not like the soul. At least a nerve has limits, a body part a name. But the soul... the soul... There is no bandage, even crying is in vain.

  3. Marisa Schultz/Fox News -RRB- Pfluger:

    The answer is no, and yet now they have the nerve to send (the children) to the hospital and not repay our physicians and our hospital. It's unbelievable.

  4. Whistler family:

    Ella Whistler suffered very serious, life-threatening injuries from being shot 7 times in the face, neck, hand, and upper chest area, ella Whistler underwent emergency, life-saving surgery after being airlifted … and Ella Whistler injuries include collapsed lungs ; a broken jaw, clavicle, multiple neck vertebras, and ribs ; a severed vertebral vein ; significant nerve damage ; and numerous related injuries.

  5. Juergen Hardt:

    This finding massively increases the pressure on Moscow to fully explain the exact course of events and background of the first nerve agent attack on European soil.

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    the formation of vesicles in or beneath the skin
    • A. disjointed
    • B. noninvasive
    • C. abrupt
    • D. blistering

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