nerve center


noun

a group of nerve cells closely connected with one another and acting together in the performance of some function.
a source of information, authority, action, etc.: The communications room is the nerve center of a battleship.

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Origin of nerve center

First recorded in 1865–70
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Example sentences from the Web for nerve center

  • "This is the nerve-center of the world," Hawkes said as they went in.

    Starman's Quest|Robert Silverberg
  • If this bubble reaches a nerve-center it causes severe pain, similar to neuralgia; if it gets to the brain it causes paralysis.

    American Adventures|Julian Street