verb (used with object), nerved, nerv·ing.
- nerval, gérard de,
- nerve avulsion,
- nerve block,
- nerve block anesthesia,
- nerve cell,
- nerve center
Origin of nerve
Examples from the Web for nerve
Few have the nerve to call him and he's usually pleased when an old friend does.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then he lost his nerve and decided to live after all, and I called for help.
For anyone—not just a fan—the first time performing on camera can be nerve wracking.Sotheby’s for Sex: The Problem with Auctioning Off Sex with A Porn Star|Aurora Snow|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was a perky redhead of about 30 with lively blue eyes, a petite figure, and lots of nerve.
But for some reason that one quote touched a nerve with her fellow countrymen.
But I'm not going to say you ought to have the same kind of nerve as ours.At The Sign Of The Eagle|Gilbert Parker
Every limb was at rest, every nerve seemed lulled into quiescence.The Golden Web|Anthony Partridge
Pressure upon, or the severing of, a nerve causes a paralysis of the parts to which such a nerve is distributed.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
Both exerted every nerve, and ten seconds later the wagon rolled out of the open doors, and was guided by Matt up the alley.Young Auctioneers|Edward Stratemeyer
They lay down upon the soft sand, listening with every nerve upon the strain, but not for long.Fire Island|G. Manville Fenn
Word Origin for nerve
late 14c., nerf "sinew, tendon," from Old French nerf and directly from Medieval Latin nervus "nerve," from Latin nervus "sinew, tendon; cord, bowstring," metathesis of pre-Latin *neuros, from PIE *(s)neu- "tendon, sinew" (cf. Sanskrit snavan- "band, sinew," Armenian neard "sinew," Greek neuron "sinew, tendon," in Galen "nerve"). Sense of "fibers that convey impulses between the brain and the body" is from c.1600.
Secondary senses developed from meaning "strength, vigor, energy" (c.1600), from the "sinew" sense. Hence figurative sense of "feeling, courage," first attested c.1600; that of "courage, boldness" is from 1809; bad sense "impudence, cheek" is from 1887. Latin nervus also had a figurative sense of "vigor, force, power, strength," as did Greek neuron. From the neurological sense come Nerves "condition of nervousness," attested from 1792; to get on someone's nerves, from 1895. War of nerves "psychological warfare" is from 1915.
c.1500, "to ornament with threads;" see nerve (n.). Meaning "to give strength or vigor" is from 1749. Related: Nerved; nerving.
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.