What does nurse mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nursenoun

    one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)

  2. nanny, nursemaid, nurseverb

    a woman who is the custodian of children

  3. nurseverb

    try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury

    "He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs"

  4. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurseverb

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

    "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"

  5. nurseverb

    serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people

  6. nurseverb

    treat carefully

    "He nursed his injured back by lying in bed several hours every afternoon"; "He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly"

  7. breastfeed, suckle, suck, nurse, wet-nurse, lactate, give suckverb

    give suck to

    "The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"


  1. nursenoun

    A wet-nurse.

  2. nursenoun

    A person (usually a woman) who takes care of other people's young.

    They hired a nurse to care for their young boy

  3. nursenoun

    A person trained to provide care for the sick.

    The nurse made her rounds through the hospital ward

  4. nurseverb

    to breast feed

    She believes that nursing her baby will make him strong and healthy.

  5. nurseverb

    to care for the sick

    She nursed him back to health.

  6. nurseverb

    to treat kindly and with extra care

    She nursed the rosebush and that season it bloomed.

  7. nurseverb

    to drink slowly

  8. nurseverb

    to foster, to nourish

    Many nurse this humanitarian idea which is not specifically Christian.

  9. Etymology: Variant form of the archaic nourice, from norrice, from nutricius, from nutrix, from nutrire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NURSEnoun

    Etymology: nourrice, French.

    Unnatural curiosity has taught all women, but the beggar, to find out nurses, which necessity only ought to commend. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Never master had,
    A page so kind, so duteous, diligent,
    So feat, so nurse-like. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    One Mrs. Quickly, which is in the manner of his nurse, or his dry nurse or his cook. William Shakespeare, M. W. of Wind.

    Rome, the nurse of judgment,
    Invited by your noble self, hath sent
    One general tongue unto us. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    We must lose
    The country, our dear nurse, or else thy person,
    Our comfort in the country. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Can tales more senseless, ludicrous, and vain,
    By winter-fires old nurses entertain? Richard Blackmore.

    Can wedlock know so great a curse,
    As putting husbands out to nurse? John Cleveland.

    Put into your breeding pond three melters for one spawner; but if into a nurse pond or feeding pond, then no care is to be taken. Izaak Walton, Angler.

  2. To Nurseverb

    Etymology: from the noun, or by contraction from nourish; nourrir, Fr.

    Shall I call a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child? Ex. ii. 7.

    I was nursed in swaddling cloaths with cares. Wisd. vii. 7.

    Him in Egerian groves Aricia bore,
    And nurs’d his youth along the marshy shore. Dryden.

    Thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Is. lx. 4.

    The Niseans in their dark abode,
    Nurs’d secretly with milk the thriving God. Addison.

    And what is strength, but an effect of youth, which if time nurse, how can it ever cease? Davies.

    By what fate has vice so thriven amongst us, and by what hands been nurs’d up into so uncontrouled a dominion? John Locke, on Education.

    Our monarchs were acknowledged here,
    That they their churches nursing fathers were. John Denham.


  1. nurse

    Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses may be differentiated from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice. Nurses practice in many specialties with differing levels of prescription authority. Nurses comprise the largest component of most healthcare environments; but there is evidence of international shortages of qualified nurses. Nurses collaborate with other healthcare providers such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, and psychologists. Unlike nurse practitioners, nurses typically can not prescribe medications in the US. Nurse practitioners are nurses with a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing. They practice independently in a variety of settings in more than half of the United States. Since the postwar period, nurse education has undergone a process of diversification towards advanced and specialized credentials, and many of the traditional regulations and provider roles are changing.Nurses develop a plan of care, working collaboratively with physicians, therapists, the patient, the patient's family, and other team members that focuses on treating illness to improve quality of life. In the United Kingdom and the United States, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, diagnose health problems and prescribe the correct medications and other therapies, depending on particular state regulations. Nurses may help coordinate the patient care performed by other members of a multidisciplinary health care team such as therapists, medical practitioners, and dietitians. Nurses provide care both interdependently, for example, with physicians, and independently as nursing professionals. In addition to providing care and support, nurses educate the public, and promote health and wellness.


  1. nurse

    A nurse is a trained healthcare professional who provides medical care and assistance to patients in various settings like hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, or private homes. Their responsibilities include administering medications, monitoring patient conditions, providing emotional support, educating patients and families about health conditions, working closely with doctors and other medical professionals, and performing various medical procedures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nursenoun

    one who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or brings up; as: (a) A woman who has the care of young children; especially, one who suckles an infant not her own. (b) A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the sick or infirm

  2. Nursenoun

    one who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like

  3. Nursenoun

    a lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place

  4. Nursenoun

    a peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and Redia

  5. Nursenoun

    either one of the nurse sharks

  6. Nurseverb

    to nourish; to cherish; to foster

  7. Nurseverb

    to nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant

  8. Nurseverb

    to take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon

  9. Nurseverb

    to bring up; to raise, by care, from a weak or invalid condition; to foster; to cherish; -- applied to plants, animals, and to any object that needs, or thrives by, attention

  10. Nurseverb

    to manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources

  11. Nurseverb

    to caress; to fondle, as a nurse does

  12. Etymology: [OE. nourse, nurice, norice, OF. nurrice, norrice, nourrice, F. nourrice, fr. L. nutricia nurse, prop., fem. of nutricius that nourishes; akin to nutrix, -icis, nurse, fr. nutrire to nourish. See Nourish, and cf. Nutritious.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nurse

    nurs, n. a woman who nourishes an infant: a mother while her infant is at the breast: one who has the care of infants or of the sick: (hort.) a shrub or tree which protects a young plant.—v.t. to tend, as an infant or a sick person: to bring up: to cherish: to manage with care and economy: to play skilfully, as billiard-balls, in order to get them into the position one wants.—adj. Nurse′like (Shak.), like or becoming a nurse.—ns. Nurse′maid, a girl who takes care of children; Nurs′er, one who nurses: one who promotes growth; Nurs′ery, place for nursing: an apartment for young children: a place where the growth of anything is promoted: (hort.) a piece of ground where plants are reared; Nurs′ery-gov′erness; Nurs′erymaid, a nurse-maid; Nurs′eryman, a man who owns or works a nursery: one who is employed in cultivating plants, &c., for sale; Nurs′ing-fa′ther (B.), a foster-father; Nurs′ling, that which is nursed: an infant. [O. Fr. norrice (Fr. nourrice)—L. nutrixnutrīre, to nourish.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. NURSE

    One who keeps setting up the drinks after you're all in. Out of the frying-pan into the face--Mothers' doughnuts. O Many hands make light work--also a good Jackpot. OAR A popular device for catching crabs.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. nurse

    An able first lieutenant, who in former times had charge of a young boy-captain of interest, but possessing no knowledge for command. Also, a small kind of shark with a very rough skin; a dog-fish.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. nurse

    A person whose whole business is to attend the sick in hospital. In the U. S. service, nurses are detailed in post hospitals from the companies who are serving at the post, and are exempt from other duty, but have to attend the parades for weekly inspections and the musters of their companies, unless especially excused by the commanding officer. Ordinarily one nurse is allowed to every ten persons sick in hospital. In the British service there are sergeants, orderly men, and nurses (generally women) in hospitals of regiments of the line.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NURSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nurse is ranked #11327 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nurse surname appeared 2,786 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Nurse.

    69% or 1,923 total occurrences were Black.
    21.1% or 590 total occurrences were White.
    7% or 195 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 64 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nurse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3215

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nurse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2753

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nurse' in Nouns Frequency: #820

Anagrams for nurse »

  1. Nuers

  2. runes

  3. urnes

  4. resun

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nurse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nurse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of nurse in a Sentence

  1. Maci Young:

    From there, they put her in an isolation room, which is a room off of the nurse’s office, and left her there until I went to pick her up.

  2. Sandy Blankenships daughter:

    This virus is nasty, any time I was in Life Care, they were very attentive. And the staff at Starr Regional was amazing. I live seven hours away and the nurse caring for her when she passed dressed out to go in and put the phone to her ear so Sandy Blankenships daughter, my husbandand my son could say goodbye.

  3. Gavin Grimm:

    I am glad that my years-long fight to have my school see me for who I am is over. Being forced to use the nurse's room, a private bathroom, and the girl's room was humiliating for me, and having to go to out-of-the-way bathrooms severely interfered with my education, trans youth deserve to use the bathroom in peace without being humiliated and stigmatized by their own school boards and elected officials.

  4. Woodrow Wilson:

    We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.

  5. Vilma Rozen:

    It’s household management, it’s home health aide, it’s a nurse, it’s running around, it’s taxi driver, it’s all the stuff together, it’s [to] be the family, it’s [to] be everything.

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  • Yinka Adediji
    Yinka Adediji
    Nurses do not render care under the supervision of a Physician/Doctor. That's a myth that is now in extinction. Upgrade!
    LikeReply6 years ago

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