one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)
nanny, nursemaid, nurse(verb)
a woman who is the custodian of children
try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury
"He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs"
harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurse(verb)
maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
"bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
"He nursed his injured back by lying in bed several hours every afternoon"; "He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly"
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"
A person (usually a woman) who takes care of other people's young.
They hired a nurse to care for their young boy
A person trained to provide care for the sick.
The nurse made her rounds through the hospital ward
to breast feed
She believes that nursing her baby will make him strong and healthy.
to care for the sick
She nursed him back to health.
to treat kindly and with extra care
She nursed the rosebush and that season it bloomed.
to drink slowly
to foster, to nourish
Many nurse this humanitarian idea which is not specifically Christian.
Origin: Variant form of the archaic nourice, from norrice, from nutricius, from nutrix, from nutrire.
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
one who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like
a lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place
a peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and Redia
either one of the nurse sharks
to nourish; to cherish; to foster
to nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant
to take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon
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
to manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources
to caress; to fondle, as a nurse does
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
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. nutrix—nutrīre, to nourish.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
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
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
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.
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
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
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Rank popularity for the word 'nurse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3215
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'nurse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2753
Rank popularity for the word 'nurse' in Nouns Frequency: #820
Nuers, runes, urnes
The numerical value of nurse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of nurse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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