What does nurse mean?

Definitions for nurse
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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"

Wiktionary

  1. nursenoun

    A wet-nurse.

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

  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

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

  3. nursenoun

    A person trained to provide care for the sick.

    The nurse made her rounds through the hospital ward

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

  4. nurseverb

    to breast feed

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

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

  5. nurseverb

    to care for the sick

    She nursed him back to health.

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

  6. nurseverb

    to treat kindly and with extra care

    She nursed the rosebush and that season it bloomed.

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

  7. nurseverb

    to drink slowly

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

  8. nurseverb

    to foster, to nourish

    Many nurse this humanitarian idea which is not specifically Christian.

    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

    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.]

  2. Nursenoun

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

    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.]

  3. Nursenoun

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

    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.]

  4. Nursenoun

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

    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.]

  5. Nursenoun

    either one of the nurse sharks

    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.]

  6. Nurseverb

    to nourish; to cherish; to foster

    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.]

  7. Nurseverb

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

    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.]

  8. Nurseverb

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  10. Nurseverb

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

    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.]

  11. Nurseverb

    to caress; to fondle, as a nurse does

    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

How to pronounce nurse?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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Numerology

  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. Ronald Primas:

    You have to understand the psyche of the time. Everyone was on high alert, it was a year post 9/11, a year after the anthrax scare, they were in top security mode. A nurse was screaming,' Get her into a room. She's contagious !' There was hysteria.

  2. Samantha Evans:

    Doctors told me I’d be in a wheelchair by the high school graduation. One nurse even said, ‘You’re going to be crippled for the rest of your life.

  3. Adam Elzer:

    Theyre running around from room to room, the hospitals are packed, and if were not sending food, a lot of them are not eating, basically anywhere that we get a note from a nurse or a doctor telling us that theyre in need, we figure out a way to get them on the schedule and then we deliver to that hospital.

  4. Chiang Rai:

    We will drain all water out from the cave. Then we will take all 13 people out of the cave, we are now planning how to send( a) nurse and doctor inside the cave to check their health and movement. We will work all night.

  5. Tia Freeman:

    Anyway they thought I was a human trafficker trying to smuggle out a baby, so they called in customs, the police a doctor a nurse (to check the baby me to see if I actually gave birth), and the airline higher ups. I was bombarded with questions (naturally) but finally I proved that I wasn’t a trafficker. During this I called the @USEmbassyTurkey.

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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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