• WordNet 3.6
    • v nerve get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
    • n nerve impudent aggressiveness "I couldn't believe her boldness","he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
    • n nerve the courage to carry on "he kept fighting on pure spunk","you haven't got the heart for baseball"
    • n nerve any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nerve impulses for muscle position travel at a speed of up to 390 feet per second
    • nerve A sinew or a tendon.
    • nerve Audacity; assurance.
    • nerve (Zoöl) One of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of insects.
    • nerve (Bot) One of the principal fibrovascular bundles or ribs of a leaf, especially when these extend straight from the base or the midrib of the leaf.
    • nerve (Anat) One of the whitish and elastic bundles of fibers, with the accompanying tissues, which transmit nervous impulses between nerve centers and various parts of the animal body.
    • nerve Physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control; constitutional vigor. "he led me on to mightiest deeds,
      Above the nerve of mortal arm."
    • nerve Steadiness and firmness of mind; self-command in personal danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution.
    • v. t Nerve nẽrv To give strength or vigor to; to supply with force; as, fear nerved his arm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Nerve cells can travel as fast as 120 metres per second
    • n nerve A sinew, tendon, or other hard white cord of the body: the original meaning of the word, at the time when nervous tissue was not distinguished from some forms of connective tissue. See aponeurosis.
    • n nerve In anatomy, a nerve-fiber, or usually a bundle of nerve-fibers, running from a central ganglionic organ to peripheral mechanisms, either active (as glands and muscles) or receptive (sense-organs). The nerve-fibers are bound together into a primitive bundle called a funiculus. The connective tissue between the fibers within the funiculus is the endoneurium, and the connective tissue sheathing the funiculus is the perineurium. In the larger nerves several funiculi may be bound together into one trunk by connective tissue which forms the epineurium. See cut under median.
    • n nerve Something resembling a nerve (either a sinew, as in the earlier figurative uses, or a nerve in the present sense, 2) in form or function.
    • n nerve Strength of sinew; bodily strength; firmness or vigor of body; muscular power; brawn. More specifically— Strength, power, or might in general; fortitude or endurance under trying or critical circumstances; courage.
    • n nerve Force; energy; spirit; dash.
    • n nerve Assurance: boldness; cheek.
    • n nerve plural Hysterical nervousness. See nervousness .
    • n nerve In entomology, a nervure; a vein; a costa; one of the tubular ridges or thickenings which ramify in the wings. See nervure, 3.
    • n nerve In botany, one of a system of ribs or principal veins in a leaf. See nervation.
    • n nerve In architecture, same as nervure, 1.
    • n nerve A technical name applied to the non-porous quality acquired by cork when, in its preparation for use in the arts, its surface is slightly charred by heat, and its pores are thus closed.
    • n nerve Branches of the pneumogastric to the cardiac plexus, variable in number. Those arising in the neck are called cervical cardiac; in the thorax, thoracic.
    • n nerve Anterior dental nerve, a branch of the superior maxillary supplying tile upper front teeth and contiguous part of the antrum. Also called superior anterior alveolar
    • n nerve Inferior dental nerve, the largest branch of the inferior maxillary, running through the inferior dental canal and supplying the teeth of the lower jaw. It, gives off the mylohyoid and mental branches. Also called inferior alveolar
    • n nerve Posterior dental nerve, a branch of the superior maxillary distributed to the mucous membrane of the cheek and gum and the back teeth of the upper jaw. Also called posterior superior alveolar.
    • n nerve The glossopharyngeal, vagus, and spinal accessory nerves.
    • n nerve Of the foot, slender branches of the anterior tibial to the metatarso-phalangeal articulations
    • n nerve Posterior, the larger terminal division of the musculospiral. It supplies the short supinator and all the extensor muscles on the back of the arm, except, the long radiocarpal.
    • n nerve The pars intermedia of the facial nerve.
    • n nerve The hypoglossal nerve.
    • n nerve The facial and auditory nerves.
    • nerve To give nerve to; supply strength or vigor to; arm with force, physical or moral: as, rage nerved his arm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Our nerves system transmits messages at up to 300 ft. per second.
    • n Nerve nėrv bodily strength, firmness, courage: : :
    • v.t Nerve to give strength or vigour to: to arm with force
    • n Nerve a medicine that soothes nervous excitement
    • n Nerve nėrv (anat.) one of the fibres which convey sensation from all parts of the body to the brain
    • n Nerve nėrv (bot.) one of the fibres or ribs in the leaves of plants: a trade term for a non-porous quality of cork, slightly charred
    • n Nerve nėrv (pl.) hysterical nervousness
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  • Christopher Morley
    “In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.”
  • Les Brown
    “If you do not develop the hunger and courage to pursue your goal, you will lose your nerve and you will give up on your dream.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    “When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “A husband is what's left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “It destroys one's nerve to be amiable every day to the same human being.”
  • Joe E. Lewis
    “I don't like money actually, but it quiets the nerves.”


Bag of nerves - If someone is a bag of nerves, they are very worried or nervous.
Battle of nerves - A battle of nerves is a situation where neither side in a conflict or dispute is willing to back down and is waiting for the other side to weaken. ('A war of nerves' is an alternative form.)
Bundle of nerves - Someone who is a bundle of nerves is very worried or nervous.
Get on my last nerve - (USA) If something is getting on your last nerve, you are completely fed up, ready to lose your temper. (Southern USA)
Get on your nerves - If something gets on your nerves, it annoys or irritates you.
Hit a nerve - If something hits a nerve, it upsets someone or causes them pain, often when it is something they are trying to hide.
Nerves of steel - If someone has nerves of steel, they don't get frightened when other people do.
Strain every nerve - If you strain every nerve, you make a great effort to achieve something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ney^ron sinew, nerve; cf. neyra` string, bowstring; perh. akin to E. needle,. Cf. Neuralgia
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. nervus; Gr. neuron, a sinew.


In literature:

No one, unless for the first time tonight, Mr. Dennis, realized how hard a nerve shock Jim had had in seeing his father killed.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
He was cool of nerve, self-possessed, wholly self-reliant.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The president was a man of nerve.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
She felt it through every nerve, and a sort of wild dread seized her of what he might say next.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Them awful wolf howls o' his hit on my nerves, they do.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I mustn't lose my nerve.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
They acquired an extraordinary power over voice and nerves.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Little white cords, called nerves, connect the brain with the rest of the body.
"Child's Health Primer For Primary Classes" by Jane Andrews
Its nerves are so abundant that no atom of flesh fails to get nerve and fluid supply therefrom.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
I thought perhaps the silence and the solitude had got on your nerves a little.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner

In poetry:

"Through Orient seas, o'er Afric's plain
And Asian mountains borne,
The vigor of the Northern brain
Shall nerve the world outworn.
"The Cable Hymn" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet bend and teach us not to mourn,
Unfold the hovering wing, and show
How at one rush the nerves were torn,
That bind so close to joys below.
"Sudden Death" by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Oh, but! Some moments, I've the spirit stout
Of early Christians in the lion's care,
That smile to Jesus witnessing, without
A nerve's revolt, the turning of a hair!
"Birds In The Night" by Paul Verlaine
Saul. He will, he will!
Go, noble youth! be valiant and be bless'd!
The God thou serv'st will shield thee in the fight,
And nerve thy arm with more than mortal strength.
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
So, they are not underground,
But as nerves and veins abound
In the growths of upper air,
And they feel the sun and rain,
And the energy again
That made them what they were!
"Transformations" by Thomas Hardy
Thus spoke the man, and closed his lips became,
The fire forsook his lately flashing eye,
His nerves relax'd, and o'er his brow, the same
Dark cloud of bitter woe, could I descry.
"The Teacher" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

You can count on one hand the number of movies, over the decades, that have depicted Scouting and had the nerve to identify their characters as actual Boy Scouts.
Colorado wildfire leaves homes and land charred, nerves frayed .
Felix Baumgartner's supersonic jump: From start to finish , a nerve-racking, exciting feat to behold.
These deep wounds became infected, damaging the nerves in her legs.
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake rattled shelves and nerves across north Georgia.
Pain and the Nerve Root.
Starting your first "real" job can be nerve-racking.
Tight control of diabetic patients' blood glucose levels often helps prevent them from developing complications, such as kidney disease and nerve damage.
It doesn't look like the nerve center of a political, social and spiritual movement.
Talk to anyone in my business and they'll all say the same thing: No matter how long you write stories and put them in the newspaper, you are never really sure which ones are going to strike a nerve.
Scientists discover protein needed for regrowing damaged nerves in limbs.
Sudan plant sample contains VX nerve gas precursor.
Drill Simulates a Nerve Gas Attack.
Nerve Gas That Felled Tokyo Subway Riders Said to Be One of Most Lethal Known.
Felix Baumgartner's supersonic jump: From start to finish, a nerve-racking , exciting feat to behold.

In science:

G − T ors(A)| is the nerve of the category wG − T ors(A).
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
We denote by RLocn (X ) the simplicial presheaf on D − Af f sending a cdga A to |wLocn (X )| (the nerve of wLocn (X ; A)).
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Neural networks are described by continuous local variables related through a non– linear gain function to a local field that could represent the membrane potential of a nerve cell.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
We consider the nerve functor N : SCat → sSet, given by C 7→ (homSCat (−, C) : ∆op → Set).
The Action by Natural Transformations of a Group on a Diagram of Spaces
The nerve functor sends G-categories to G-simplicial sets.
The Action by Natural Transformations of a Group on a Diagram of Spaces