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 nerving
For my sake turn again to life and smile, nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine.
He was days nerving himself to make the call; but there was no alternative—it was either that or shut down.The Man from the Bitter Roots|Caroline Lockhart
Nerving himself as though for a mighty effort, he pushed the door open and looked into the room beyond.The Girl from Alsace|Burton Egbert Stevenson
She was nerving herself to make a confession that she had never made before, even to her father or her Aunt Alice.All's Well|Emily Sarah Holt
Word Origin for nerve
c.1500, "to ornament with threads;" see nerve (n.). Meaning "to give strength or vigor" is from 1749. Related: Nerved; nerving.
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.
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.