verb (used with object), nursed, nurs·ing.
verb (used without object), nursed, nurs·ing.
- nurmi, paavo,
- nurse a drink,
- nurse a grudge,
- nurse anesthetist,
- nurse crop,
- nurse practitioner
Origin of nurse
Examples from the Web for nursing
They made it home, after which he did die, she nursing him to the end.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Ovens using gas cylinders were set up to make bread under bridges, and nursing stations appeared, offering medicines,” he writes.
She spent almost two years in a nursing home – two years of loneliness she would like to forget.
He was known to traverse Brooklyn to visit somebody a decade older than himself in a nursing home.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won|Michael Daly|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“In two of four hospitals assessed, nursing staff members were not coming to work or had abandoned facilities,” the paper reads.
She died from diphtheria caught while nursing her husband and children.
My father holds His meagre millions guarded, nursing them To a prince's portion.The Mortal Gods and Other Plays|Olive Tilford Dargan
If you persist in going on like this I shall think I am in a nursing home!Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons|Henry Charles Mahoney
She saved him almost from death, and while nursing him back to health they talked much of her early days and years of slavery.Lafcadio Hearn|Nina H. Kennard
The nursing of a man of Letters, or of the neighbour to him, a beggar in rags, would not have been so tolerated.The Celt and Saxon, Complete|George Meredith
- the practice or profession of caring for the sick and injured
- (as modifier)a nursing home
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for nurse
1530s, verbal noun from nurse (v.). Meaning "profession of one who nurses the sick" is from 1860.
1530s, "to suckle (an infant);" 1520s in the passive sense, "to bring up" (a child); alteration of Middle English nurshen (13c.; see nourish), Sense of "take care of (a sick person)" is first recorded 1736. Related: Nursed; nursing.
12c., nurrice "wet-nurse, foster-mother to a young child" (modern form from late 14c.), from Old French norrice "foster-mother, wet-nurse, nanny" (source of proper name Norris), from Late Latin *nutricia "nurse, governess, tutoress," noun use of fem. of Latin nutricius "that suckles, nourishes," from nutrix (genitive nutricis) "wet-nurse," from nutrire "to suckle" (see nourish). Meaning "person who takes care of sick" in English first recorded 1580s.
"dog fish, shark," late 15c., of unknown origin.