[ nel-suhn ]
/ ˈnɛl sən /
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noun Wrestling.
a hold in which pressure is applied to the head, back of the neck, and one or both arms of the opponent.
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Origin of nelson

First recorded in 1885–90; special use of name Nelson

Other definitions for nelson (2 of 2)

[ nel-suhn ]
/ ˈnɛl sən /

Viscount Horatio, 1758–1805, British admiral.
(John) Byron, 1911–2006, U.S. golf player.
Prince Rogers. Prince (def. 2).
a river in central Canada, flowing northeast from Lake Winnipeg to Hudson Bay. 400 miles (645 km) long.
a seaport on northern South Island, in New Zealand.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for nelson (1 of 3)

/ (ˈnɛlsən) /

any wrestling hold in which a wrestler places his arm or arms under his opponent's arm or arms from behind and exerts pressure with his palms on the back of his opponent's neckSee full nelson, half-nelson

Word Origin for nelson

C19: from a proper name

British Dictionary definitions for nelson (2 of 3)

/ (ˈnɛlsən) /

a town in NW England, in E Lancashire: textile industry. Pop: 28 998 (2001)
a port in New Zealand, on N South Island on Tasman Bay. Pop: 45 300 (2004 est)
River Nelson a river in central Canada, in N central Manitoba, flowing from Lake Winnipeg northeast to Hudson Bay. Length: about 650 km (400 miles)

British Dictionary definitions for nelson (3 of 3)

/ (ˈnɛlsən) /

Horatio, Viscount Nelson. 1758–1805, British naval commander during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. He became rear admiral in 1797 after the battle of Cape St Vincent and in 1798 almost destroyed the French fleet at the battle of the Nile. He was killed at Trafalgar (1805) after defeating Villeneuve's fleet
Willie. born 1933, US country singer and songwriter
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