a woman who has the general care of a child or children; dry nurse.
a woman employed to suckle an infant; wet nurse.
any fostering agency or influence.
Entomology. a worker that attends the young in a colony of social insects.
Billiards. the act of maintaining the position of billiard balls in preparation for a carom.
to tend or minister to in sickness, infirmity, etc.
to try to cure (an ailment) by taking care of oneself: to nurse a cold.
to look after carefully so as to promote growth, development, etc.; foster; cherish: to nurse one's meager talents.
to treat or handle with adroit care in order to further one's own interests: to nurse one's nest egg.
to use, consume, or dispense very slowly or carefully: He nursed the one drink all evening.
to keep steadily in mind or memory: He nursed a grudge against me all the rest of his life.
to suckle (an infant).
to feed and tend in infancy.
to bring up, train, or nurture.
to clasp or handle carefully or fondly: to nurse a plate of food on one's lap.
Billiards. to maintain the position of (billiard balls) for a series of caroms.
to suckle a child, especially one's own.
(of a child) to suckle: The child did not nurse after he was three months old.
to act as nurse; tend the sick or infirm.
- non·nurs·ing, adjective
- o·ver·nurse, verb (used with object), o·ver·nursed, o·ver·nurs·ing.
- un·der·nurse, noun
- well-nursed, adjective
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How to use nurse in a sentence
Inspectors, who are registered nurses, review a nursing home’s compliance history, observe operations, interview residents and staff and examine medical records.Confirmed Nursing Home Complaints Plummet During Pandemic | Jared Whitlock | August 25, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
She told investigators she overheard a nurse say she’d been quarantined because of her home ZIP code.Federal Investigation Finds Hospital Violated Patients’ Rights by Profiling, Separating Native Mothers and Newborns | by Bryant Furlow, New Mexico In Depth | August 22, 2020 | ProPublica
If the researchers spot unusual or worrying patterns, the patients are invited to speak with a nurse.Machines can spot mental health issues—if you hand over your personal data | Bobbie Johnson | August 13, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Perhaps they are college students on spring break, or hospital nurses, or people who touch their face all the time.Population immunity is slowing down the pandemic in parts of the US | David Rotman | August 11, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
According to reports, doctors, nurses, and teachers will be given the shot first when enough supplies of the vaccine are ready in October, and it could reach the general public by January.Russia says it has a covid vaccine called “Sputnik-V” | Antonio Regalado | August 11, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
But Olds did more than build nurse-Family Partnership; he did the rigorous evaluation to prove it would work.
Consider nurse-Family Partnership, one of the best examples of evidence in action.
At the hospital, I was told to wait, and was given some tea by a nurse.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I learn by the third day to tell the nurse privately to make mine mostly orange juice.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The substitute nurse says to him in a stage whisper, “You know, the doctor says no vodka.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There were other children beside, and two nurse-maids followed, looking disagreeable and resigned.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
And sure enough when Sunday came, and the pencil was restored to him, he promptly showed nurse his picture.
Jean clung to his English nurse, who played the fascinating game of pretending to eat his hand.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
A small boy of three years and nine months on receiving from his nurse the familiar order, "Come here!"
Here he can inspect what he sees, say the reflection of the face of his mother or nurse, and compare it at once with the original.
British Dictionary definitions for nurse
a person who tends the sick, injured, or infirm
short for nursemaid
a woman employed to breast-feed another woman's child; wet nurse
a worker in a colony of social insects that takes care of the larvae
(also intr) to tend (the sick)
(also intr) to feed (a baby) at the breast; suckle
to try to cure (an ailment)
to clasp carefully or fondly: she nursed the crying child in her arms
(also intr) (of a baby) to suckle at the breast (of)
to look after (a child) as one's employment
to attend to carefully; foster, cherish: he nursed the magazine through its first year; having a very small majority he nursed the constituency diligently
to harbour; preserve: to nurse a grudge
billiards to keep (the balls) together for a series of cannons
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