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.

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.

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. Olive Schreiner:

    We were equals once when we lay new-born babes on our nurse's knees. We will be equal again when they tie up our jaws for the last sleep.

  2. John Hu:

    Before the protests, I was focused on pursuing my career and my wife was ready to work as a nurse.

  3. Charley Jauss:

    Seeing that program — it was the love language for me, i'm a former critical care nurse. I did a lot of helping to take care of babies during the AIDS epidemic. And I just thought, ‘Lord, this is such a great place.’.

  4. Chicago Tribune:

    When the police arrived, Anthony Prate was taken into custody and is currently being held in CookCounty Jail without bond. Daniels grisly death has put the spotlight back on the bizarre events leading up to the death of Anthony Prate first wife, Bridget Prate, who died in 2011. CHICAGO TODDLER UNHURT AS FATHER AND ANOTHER MAN DIE IN GUNFIRE EXCHANGE In that incident, Anthony Prate claimed Anthony Prate overheard Anthony Prate wife talking to another man and said they were plotting to kill Anthony Prate. Anthony Prate dialed 911 and demanded that both Anthony Prate wife of nearly 20 years and the man she was talking to be arrested. When authorities arrived, Bridget Prate told them it had all been a big misunderstanding and the officers left. Anthony Prate was charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 23 death of Anthony Prate girlfriend Malgorzata Daniel, a 48-year-old nurse who authorities said was stabbed 30 times in her home. ( Cook County Jail) Less than a week later, she was dead. Police found Bridgets crumpled body under the dashboard of a car that crashed while Prate was driving. Anthony Prate told the police that Anthony Prate wife had unbuckled Bridget Prate seat belt to look for Bridget Prate purse and a water bottle just seconds before Anthony Prate lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the center line, and hit an oncoming car and a tree before coming to a stop. When paramedics arrived, three bystanders had surrounded the car while Anthony Prate attempted to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Anthony Prate wife. Bridget Prate didnt have a pulse and Bridget Prate wasnt breathing. One of the bystanders said Anthony Prate, who had suffered only minor injuries, looked frantic and shocked.

  5. George Barrell Cheever:

    Faith in tomorrow, instead of Christ, is Satan's nurse for man's perdition.

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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!
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a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
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