What does nurse mean?

Definitions for nurse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nurse(noun)

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

  2. nanny, nursemaid, nurse(verb)

    a woman who is the custodian of children

  3. nurse(verb)

    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, nurse(verb)

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

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

  5. nurse(verb)

    serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people

  6. nurse(verb)

    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 suck(verb)

    give suck to

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


  1. nurse(Noun)

    A wet-nurse.

  2. nurse(Noun)

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

    They hired a nurse to care for their young boy

  3. nurse(Noun)

    A person trained to provide care for the sick.

    The nurse made her rounds through the hospital ward

  4. nurse(Verb)

    to breast feed

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

  5. nurse(Verb)

    to care for the sick

    She nursed him back to health.

  6. nurse(Verb)

    to treat kindly and with extra care

    She nursed the rosebush and that season it bloomed.

  7. nurse(Verb)

    to drink slowly

  8. nurse(Verb)

    to foster, to nourish

    Many nurse this humanitarian idea which is not specifically Christian.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nurse(noun)

    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. Nurse(noun)

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

  3. Nurse(noun)

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

  4. Nurse(noun)

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

  5. Nurse(noun)

    either one of the nurse sharks

  6. Nurse(verb)

    to nourish; to cherish; to foster

  7. Nurse(verb)

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

  8. Nurse(verb)

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

  9. Nurse(verb)

    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. Nurse(verb)

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

  11. Nurse(verb)

    to caress; to fondle, as a nurse does

  12. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. nurse

    A nurse is a person who is professionally trained and qualified to look after a patient in any health setting.

    There are many different types of nurses who all get a professional qualification before they can practice.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 18, 2015  
  2. nurse

    A person with the necessary and vital ability, awareness, education, experience, qualities, skills, solutions, technology, tools, training and professional qualifications to care, manage, monitor and treat the general physical health and mental health of a person who needs to use their service, some with a specialized role and responsibility.

    Some people aspire to be a nurse and have to study and train for a number of years to reach their goal.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 31, 2016  

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, runes, urnes

  2. Nuers

  3. Runes

  4. Urnes

How to pronounce nurse?

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How to say nurse in sign language?

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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. Marjan Holbrook:

    I had a nurse pushing her.

  2. American Proverb:

    Hope is the nurse of misery.

  3. Laurence Sterne:

    Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.

  4. Bretta Schmidt:

    I'm a nurse, not a terrorist. we feel defeated.

  5. Elizabeth Kenny:

    Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse''.

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