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.

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, runes, urnes

  2. Nuers

  3. Runes

  4. Urnes

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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. Anne Schuchat:

    I wouldn’t expect the Super Bowl to be a place where many unvaccinated people are congregating, no special precautions are being taken. If people are having fever or rash, they need to let their doctor or nurse know about that, and clinicians caring for people with rash or fever need to ‘think measles.’.

  2. Johnny Wowk:

    Not one doctor, nurse, dietitian, or nutritionist has ever told me to eat and drink organic and I have out walked them all. The proof is in the organic pudding, Lol -Johnny Wowk aka Johnny The Walker

  3. Christina Torino-Benton:

    I tried for maybe two minutes to allow some family members to calm her down, but having missed her nap, and in that heat, it wasn’t going to happen, there was no question. I had to nurse, and I wasn’t hesitant about that at all.

  4. Tim McCarthy:

    People pulled the partitions off of the child and a doctor and nurse came over right after, everything that could have been done was done under the circumstances.

  5. Rachael Farrokh:

    My doctor wants me to stay here( in California) and is bringing the hospital basically to my bedside, i'll have a doctor, a registered nurse, therapist and other specialist treat me from home. My eating disorder doctor has set all of this up for me.

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  • 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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