[ nurv ]
/ nɜrv /
one or more bundles of fibers forming part of a system that conveys impulses of sensation, motion, etc., between the brain or spinal cord and other parts of the body.
a sinew or tendon: to strain every nerve.
firmness or courage under trying circumstances: an assignment requiring nerve.
boldness; audacity; impudence; impertinence: He had the nerve to say that?
nerves, nervousness: an attack of nerves.
strength, vigor, or energy: a test of nerve and stamina.
(not in technical use) pulp tissue of a tooth.
Botany. a vein, as in a leaf.
a line, or one of a system of lines, extending across something.
verb (used with object), nerved, nerv·ing.
to give strength, vigor, or courage to: Encouragement had nerved him for the struggle.
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get on one's nerves, to irritate, annoy, or provoke one: Boisterous children get on my nerves.
Origin of nerve
1350–1400; Middle English: nerve, tendon < Latin nervus sinew, tendon; akin to Greek neûron (see neuron); replacing Middle English nerf < Middle French < Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for get on one's nerves
/ (nɜːv) /
any of the cordlike bundles of fibres that conduct sensory or motor impulses between the brain or spinal cord and another part of the bodyRelated adjective: neural
courage, bravery, or steadfastness
lose one's nerve to become timid, esp failing to perform some audacious act
informal boldness or effrontery; impudencehe had the nerve to swear at me
muscle or sinew (often in the phrase strain every nerve)
a large vein in a leaf
any of the veins of an insect's wing
touch a nerve, touch a raw nerve, hit a nerve, hit a raw nerve, strike a nerve or strike a raw nerve to mention or bring to mind a sensitive issue or subject
to give courage to (oneself); steel (oneself)
to provide with nerve or nerves
See also nerves
Word Origin for nerve
C16: from Latin nervus; related to Greek neuron; compare Sanskrit snāvan sinew
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Medicine definitions for get on one's nerves
[ nûrv ]
Any of the cordlike bundles of nervous tissue made up of myelinated or unmyelinated nerve fibers and held together by a connective tissue sheath through which sensory stimuli and motor impulses pass between the brain or other parts of the central nervous system and the eyes, glands, muscles, and other parts of the body.
The sensitive tissue in the pulp of a tooth.
nerves Nervous agitation caused by fear, anxiety, or stress.
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Science definitions for get on one's nerves
[ nûrv ]
Any of the bundles of fibers made up of neurons that carry sensory and motor information throughout the body in the form of electrical impulses. Afferent nerves carry information to the central nervous system, and efferent nerves carry information from the central nervous system to the muscles, organs, and glands. Efferent nerves include the nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which control voluntary motor activity and of the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary motor activity.
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Culture definitions for get on one's nerves
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Idioms and Phrases with get on one's nerves
see bundle of nerves; get on someone's nerves; get up (one's nerve); have a nerve; lose one's nerve; of all the nerve; war of nerves.
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