• In the Nursery
    In the Nursery
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nursery a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions
    • n nursery a child's room for a baby
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My Father Stopped at a Nursery-Gardener's My Father Stopped at a Nursery-Gardener's

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosy..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")
    • Nursery A place where young of any species, plant or animal, are nourished preparatory to transfer elsewhere;
    • Nursery That which forms and educates; as, commerce is the nursery of seamen.
    • Nursery That which is nursed.
    • Nursery The act of nursing. "Her kind nursery ."
    • Nursery The place where anything is fostered and growth promoted.
    • Nursery The place where nursing is carried on
    • Nursery The place, or apartment, in a house, appropriated to the care of children.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nursery The act of nursing; tender care and attendance.
    • nursery That which is the object of a nurse's care.
    • nursery A place or apartment set apart for children.
    • nursery A place where trees are raised from seed or otherwise in order to be transplanted; a place where vegetables, flowering plants, and trees are raised (as by budding or grafting) with a view to sale.
    • nursery The place where anything is fostered and its growth promoted.
    • nursery In fish-culture, a shallow box or trough of suitable size used for feeding and nursing young fish through the first six or eight months after the yolk-sac is absorbed. They are guarded with screens like hatching-troughs, and also, like the latter, have usually a layer of gravel on the bottom.
    • nursery Occupation, condition, or circumstances in which some quality may be fostered or promoted.
    • n nursery In English billiards, the section, about 2 feet by 6, farthest from balk: it may extend along the cushion almost to the middle pocket: formerly a condition rather than a locality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nursery place for nursing: an apartment for young children: a place where the growth of anything is promoted:
    • Nursery (hort.) a piece of ground where plants are reared
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  • George Santayana
    “Boston is a moral and intellectual nursery always busy applying first principles to trifles.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.”
  • Plato
    “The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.”
  • Tuckerman
    “National enthusiasm is the nursery of genius.”
  • Francis Thompson
    Francis Thompson
    “Look for me in the nurseries of Heaven.”
  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “A man's home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside, it is more often his nursery.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. nourricerie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. norrice (Fr. nourrice)—L. nutrixnutrīre, to nourish.


In literature:

But for her, as she is constantly told, there never would be the least ruffle in the nursery.
"Hoodie" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
School-room and nursery were evidently at most direful war.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Even in her nursery she had a very distinct notion that, for her, marriage meant promotion.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
The nursery children clapped their hands with delight, and a wave of color swept over Miss Nelson's face.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
There is also in all this an atmosphere that comes in another sense from the nursery.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
And after dinner came the only drawback which Harry found in the Nursery life.
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
I wish they would let me put them with the kits, and have a nursery full of babies.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI" by Louisa M. Alcott
Nursery trees are propagated entirely on pecan stocks, and in the present state of our knowledge, it is the best stock to use.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
I must really buy you a book of nursery rules.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
Hordes of fatherless and motherless children would throng the State nurseries.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker

In poetry:

I saw the nursery windows
Wide open to the air;
But the faces of the children,
They were no longer there.
"By The Fireside : The Open Window" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"It's not in Nursery Rhymes? And yet
I almost think it is -
'Three little Ghosteses' were set
'On posteses,' you know, and ate
Their 'buttered toasteses.'
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
Mother, I see you with your nursery light,
Leading your babies, all in white,
To their sweet rest;
Christ, the Good Shepherd, carries mine tonight,
And that is best.
"Best" by Helen Hunt Jackson
And all our pleasant haunts of earthly love
Are nurseries to those gardens of the air;
And his far-darting eye, with starry beam,
Watcheth the growing of his treasures there.
""Lines. . ."" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
So at last the little child crept back to its home,
And entered the silent nursery alone,
Where he knew since morning his twin brother had lain,
But, alas! they would never walk hand in hand again.
"A Tale of Elsinore" by William Topaz McGonagall
Small and sleepy, there it nestled, seeming far from hastening Time
As a teeny-tiny village in some quaint old nursery rhyme;
And a teeny-tiny river by a teeny-tiny weir
Sang a teeny-tiny ditty that I stayed awhile to hear.
"Bullington" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Monica Temple with her children Trinity, 6, left, and Tristan, 3, outside the Crystal Valley Nursery at the Arabian Centre, Dubai.
Greenlee Nurseries — Master of Ornamental Grasses.
I have seen the cascading pansies in several garden centers and a couple of nurseries.
You can see specimens in the arboretum's teaching nursery on the UC Davis campus.
Why it's a Favorite: "I love the gorgeous grape-purple flowers of this penstemon ," said arboretum nursery manager Lisa Fowler.
Finally, I found a gallon pot at a local nursery for the right price.
WHEN Rick Velleu and Joy Jacobson attended a fund-raiser last fall for the Nursery School at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, they didn't expect to receive any money.
Cooper Elementary parents were treated last week to a nursery rhyme recital by the school's students.
Allan prefers to plant sleeping eyes rather than nursery trees.
Ice Punch poinsettias are one of the many different varieties of poinsettias that will be available at OrbanÕs NurseryÕs 22nd annual Poinsettia Drive-Thru and Sale, Saturday, Nov 24, GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald GJEFFERIES@BRADENTON.COM.
A new school in the Chelsea neigh­bor­hood plans to charge $39,750 for a year of nurs­ery school.
Off we go to the tree house in the sky full of jump rope songs, nursery rhymes, folk songs, tongue twisters, ring games, eefing, 1920s & 30s, and more.
Asian Citus Psyllid threat to Ventura County citrus, nursery stock leads to quarantine.
Barbara Karlowich Andy Gertler, of Sea Cliff, star of Travel Channel's "Sand Masters," judges a pumpkin carving contest at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury.
While its Los Angeles Jewish Home celebrates its 100th year, other Reseda businesses have been voted among L.A.'s best -- including Fab Hot Dogs, Ramen Nippon, Valley Produce and California Nursery.

In science:

One should also note that passing through young stellar nurseries could also locally increase the intrinsic CRF reaching the solar system.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Circumbinary second generation disks such as discussed above could therefore serve, in principle, as nurseries for the formation and evolution of second generation planets.
Second generation planets
However, it is not possible to rule out the scenario that GU Boo was dynamically ejected from its stellar nursery.
Reevaluating the Mass-Radius Relation for Low-Mass, Main Sequence Stars
Ionizing Radiation Feedback Heating by photoionizing radiation from young massive stars markedly alters the environment of stellar nursery, and it has long been postulated as one of major drivers of selfregulated galactic star formation (Whitworth 1979; Williams & McKee 1997; Matzner 2002).
Dwarf Galaxies with Ionizing Radiation Feedback. I: Escape of Ionizing Photons
This cluster of SFMC particles can be regarded as a large stellar nursery or a massive young star cluster of & 105M⊙ that is under-resolved with our numerical resolution, 3.8 pc.
Dwarf Galaxies with Ionizing Radiation Feedback. I: Escape of Ionizing Photons