• WordNet 3.6
    • n nervousness a sensitive or highly strung temperament
    • n nervousness the anxious feeling you have when you have the jitters
    • n nervousness an uneasy psychological state "he suffered an attack of nerves"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836
    • n Nervousness State or quality of being nervous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system.
    • n nervousness The state or quality of being nervous. The state of being composed of nerves
    • n nervousness Morbid psychical irritability; unsteadiness of nervous control; a state of despondency consequent on an affection of the nerves.
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  • Jane Heard
    Jane Heard
    “A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won t.”
  • Edward Dyson
    Edward Dyson
    “The worst of all diseases is a nervous ability.”
  • Shana Alexander
    Shana Alexander
    “The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.”
  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “It's unthinkable not to love --you'd have a severe nervous breakdown. Or you'd have to be Philip Larkin.”


Nervous Nellie - Someone excessively worried or apprehensive is a nervous Nellie (or Nelly).


In literature:

She glanced nervously around, but met only the bright eyes of a squirrel on a branch above her.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Gordon was very nervous.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
A mere trifle, nervousness on the part of poor Josephina, who saw the dark side of everything in her illness.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
The nervous system cannot be maintained at its best unless the spine is held reasonably erect.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
Cough, treatment of, IV, 505; nervous or persistent, IV, 504.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
In spite of her protestations, Roma was nervous and confused.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Nothing shall make me show nervousness or weakness of any sort in a time of real extremity.
"A Girl in Ten Thousand" by L. T. Meade
I wish this book could be put into the hands of every nervous parent for, think as you may, all nervous parents beget nervous children.
"How to Eat" by Thomas Clark Hinkle
A woman may be of a nervous temperament and yet have such good control of her nerves that she never complains of being nervous.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
Francois got a puncture and it made him nervous.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
This view will lend interest to a brief study of the brain and nervous system.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
Alfred had Cousin Charley as nearly nervous as his nature would permit by more than once threatening to get out and walk home.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
It is a regular nervous centre which has moved toward the periphery.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
I was nervous account of this, and I cut myself.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Yet the human nervous system in common with the nervous systems of lower animals is thus originated.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
I was intensely nervous.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The other nervously produced material for a cigarette.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
He was plainly nervous.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
I wish my heart wouldn't thud; I don't want to give myself away by looking nervous.
"The Daughters of a Genius" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Rural existence is such a change after the nervous life of a great city.
"The Yellow House" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

Then the Snark pronounced sentence, the Judge being quite
Too nervous to utter a word:
When it rose to its feet, there was silence like night,
And the fall of a pin might be heard.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
"The spirits do not like the light,"
The medium said, and turned the switch;
The little lady on my right
Clutched at my hand with nervous twitch.
(She seemed to be a pretty bitch.)
"The Seance" by Robert W Service
Surely a statesman's wasted here;
And I suggest, in nervous fear,
That we might move to elevate
Ksmith on high to guide the State;
Then we'd be saved. And I might see
Less of Ksmith. That would suit me.
"'KSmith'" by C J Dennis
With sidelong looks and sheepish grins,
Like men found out in secret sins,
Glug gazed at Glug in nervous dread;
Till one with claims to learning said,
"Sir Stodge is talking Greek, you know.
He may be bad, but never low."
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
Then those who had no word of Greek
Felt lifted up to hear him speak.
"Ah, learning, learning," others said.
'Tis fine to have a clever head."
And here and there a nervous cheer
Was heard, and someone growled, "Hear, hear."
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
IT WAS MARY: . . . They's a feelin' a-hidin' down in here--
Of course I can't explain it, ner ever make it clear.--
It was with us in that meetin', I don't want you to fergit!
And it makes me kind o'nervous when I think about it yit!
"Farmer Whipple--Bachelor" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

The feelies - the boy with the perpetual nervousness psychic tv - baby's gone away.
When companies become nervous about putting all their commercial eggs into one basket.
El- Erian : Romney More Nervous About QE3 Than Obama.
It's an apt title for the moment–we're nervously stockpiling candles just in case that very thing happens.
I was extremely nervous because I felt like I was unprepared and my stomach began to act funny because I was so nervous.
Nervous, excited NASA prepares for text from space.
A steep fall in copper, gold and other metal prices in the last week has heightened nervousness that a two-year boom in commodity markets may be coming to a close.
And he says that makes him very nervous and unhappy.
Aimee Olexy still vividly remembers that nervous call more than a decade ago.
WASHINGTON — In West Texas, Democrats are nervously eying a congressional runoff Tuesday that could affect their chances of picking up a US House seat this fall in a contested district.
Q&A: 'Green Lantern' Producer Donald De Line on the 'Nervous' Rush to Finish Film.
"Of course, I am a bit nervous about the whole process of giving birth and having a child," she told the New York Post.
I always get super nervous when opening gifts in front of people.
Investors are getting nervous about low-yielding government bond funds.
The Left's Nervous Breakdown .

In science:

Brenner, ”The structure of the nervous system of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans”, Phil.
Subgraphs in random networks
Artificial neural networks are defined as computational models of nervous system.
Fish recognition based on the combination between robust feature selection, image segmentation and geometrical parameter techniques using Artificial Neural Network and Decision Tree
They include the development of the 3 main ICT components of the FuturICT Platform, namely the Planetary Nervous System (PNS), the Living Earth Simulator (LES), and the Global Participatory Platform (GPP), furthermore, the development of Socio-Inspired ICT (SocioICT), and of a Global Systems Science (GSS).
Through the use of the Planetary Nervous System, the Living Earth Simulator and the Exploratories, FuturICT can simulate, better understand and help to predict the intended and unintended consequences of policy decisions.
Giannotti, F., Pedreschi, D., Pentland, S., Lukowicz, P., Kossmann, D., Crowley, J. and Helbing, D.: A planetary nervous system for social mining and collective awareness.
This is perhaps due in part to the attention that other biological properties of the nervous system have tended to draw from the Computational Neuroscience community.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Ever since the publication of Santiago Ram´on y Ca jal’s drawings of neurons – in his words, those “mysterious butterflies of the soul” – it has been clear that the nervous system is composed of a large number of such cells connected to one another to form a network (y Ca jal, 1995).
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Preprint, University of Toronto (2003). [421] White, J. G., Southgate, E., Thompson, J. N., and Brenner, S., The structure of the nervous system of the nematode C.
The structure and function of complex networks
Persistent neural activity is prevalent throughout the nervous system.
A simple mechanism for balancing at the border of instability with applications to persistent neural activity
J.M. Braughler, E.D. Hall, Central nervous system trauma and stroke. I. Biochemical considerations for oxygen radical formation and lipid peroxidation.
Effects of pyruvate administration on infarct volume and neurological deficits following permanent focal cerebral ischemia in rats
Suneson A, Hansson HA, Seeman T: Peripheral High-Energy Missile Hits Cause Pressure Changes and Damage to the Nervous System: Experimental Studies on Pigs.
Scientific Evidence for Hydrostatic Shock
SHS87] Suneson A, Hansson HA, Seeman T: Peripheral High-Energy Missile Hits Cause Pressure Changes and Damage to the Nervous System: Experimental Studies on Pigs. The Journal of Trauma. 27(7):782-789; 1987.
The Ballistic Pressure Wave Theory of Handgun Bullet Incapacitation
Distant Effects on the Central Nervous System. A Light and Electron Microscopic Study on Pigs.
The Ballistic Pressure Wave Theory of Handgun Bullet Incapacitation
One can imagine that we were very nervous during the opening process.
The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory: the Project Scientist's Perspective
Functional recovery after lesions of the nervous system. V.
Establishing, versus Maintaining, Brain Function: A Neuro-computational Model of Cortical Reorganization after Injury to the Immature Brain