nerve [ nurv ] SHOW IPA / nɜrv / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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; to lose your nerve at the very last moment. 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. SEE MORE SEE LESS verb (used with object), nerved, nerv·ing. to give strength, vigor, or courage to: Encouragement had nerved him for the struggle. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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Idioms for nerve bundle of nerves. See entry at bundle of nerves. get on one's nerves, to irritate, annoy, or provoke one: Boisterous children get on my nerves. have nerves of steel, to be able to control one’s fear or unease and remain calm and competent, even in the worst of circumstances: I thought I had nerves of steel, but when we had to dissect a pig, I turned into a jellyfish. Origin of nerve
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English: “nerve, tendon,” from Latin
“sinew, tendon”; akin to Greek
); replacing Middle English
from Middle French, from Latin, as above
Words nearby nerve Neruda, Pablo
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Example sentences from the Web for nerve
For example, a 2017 study demonstrated that
nerve signals could be used for precise control of prosthetic limbs.
For example, at least half a dozen studies have found that stimulating the limb area acupoint can suppress systemic inflammation, partially through the vagus
From remembering facts or conversations to improving musical or athletic skills, learning alters connections between
nerve cells called synapses.
The toxin, known by the initials TTX, stops
nerve cells from sending signals that tell muscles to move.
Contradictory evidence means that no one knows whether SARS-CoV-2 can infect
nerve cells in the brain directly, and if so, whether the virus’s route to the brain can sometimes start in the nose.
Few have the
nerve to call him and he's usually pleased when an old friend does.
Then he lost his
nerve and decided to live after all, and I called for help.
“But bringing it to New York was a bit
nerve-wracking,” he admits.
For anyone—not just a fan—the first time performing on camera can be
She was a perky redhead of about 30 with lively blue eyes, a petite figure, and lots of
It was Carmena, every
nerve of her loyal nature on the alert to baffle this pursuer of Alessandro and Ramona.
To add point to this success, he knew that the victor of Montebello was straining every
nerve to gain this very prize.
I hadn't the
nerve to stand there and tell her she'd never see her father again this side of the pearly gates.
It was a hair-raising problem, too, and called for every ounce of
nerve and every particle of skill the boy possessed.
This time it was really Mr. Bills, and Mrs. Biggs went out to meet him, while Eloise felt every
nerve quiver with dread. noun any of the cordlike bundles of fibres that conduct sensory or motor impulses between the brain or spinal cord and another part of the body Related adjective: neural courage, bravery, or steadfastness lose one's nerve to become timid, esp failing to perform some audacious act informal boldness or effrontery; impudence he 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 SEE MORE SEE LESS verb (tr) to give courage to (oneself); steel (oneself) to provide with nerve or nerves Word Origin for nerve
C16: from Latin
nervus; related to Greek neuron; compare Sanskrit snāvan sinew
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n. 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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A bundle of fibers composed of
neurons that connects the body parts and organs to the central nervous system and carries impulses from one part of the body to another.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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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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