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Meaning of NERVE

Pronunciation:  nurv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
  2. [n]  the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball"
  3. [n]  any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body
  4. [v]  get ready for something difficult or unpleasant

NERVE is a 5 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: boldness, brass, cheek, face, heart, mettle, nervus, spunk, steel
 See Also: aggressiveness, audaciousness, audacity, brace, bravery, chutzpah, courage, courageousness, cranial nerve, cubital nerve, depressor, depressor nerve, fascicle, fasciculus, fiber bundle, fibre bundle, hutzpa, motor nerve, musculospiral nerve, nerve fiber, nerve fibre, nervus ischiadicus, nervus radialis, nervus saphenus, nervus spinalis, nervus ulnaris, poise, radial nerve, radicle, saphenous nerve, sciatic nerve, sensory nerve, spinal nerve, splanchnic nerve, synapse, ulnar nerve



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Nerve\, n. [OE. nerfe, F. nerf, L. nervus, akin to Gr. ?
    sinew, nerve; cf. ? string, bowstring; perh. akin to E.
    needle. Cf. {Neuralgia}.]
    1. (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.
    Note: An ordinary nerve is made up of several bundles of
          nerve fibers, each bundle inclosed in a special sheath
          (the perineurium) and all bound together in a
          connective tissue sheath and framework (the epineurium)
          containing blood vessels and lymphatics.
    2. A sinew or a tendon. --Pope.
    3. Physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control;
       constitutional vigor.
             he led me on to mightiest deeds, Above the nerve of
             mortal arm.                           --Milton.
    4. Steadiness and firmness of mind; self-command in personal
       danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and
       endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution.
    5. Audacity; assurance. [Slang]
    6. (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.
    7. (Zo["o]l.) One of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of
    {Nerve cell} (Anat.), one of the nucleated cells with which
       nerve fibers are connected; a ganglion cell.
    {Nerve fiber} (Anat.), one of the fibers of which nerves are
       made up. These fibers are either {medullated} or
       {nonmedullated}. in both kinds the essential part is the
       translucent threadlike axis cylinder which is continuous
       the whole length of the fiber.
    {Nerve stretching} (Med.), the operation of stretching a
       nerve in order to remedy diseases such as tetanus, which
       are supposed to be influenced by the condition of the
       nerve or its connections.
  2. \Nerve\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nerved}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To give strength or vigor to; to supply with force; as, fear
    nerved his arm.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A nerve is a bundle of fibers that uses electrical and chemical signals to transmit sensory and motor information from one body part to another. See nervous system.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A nerve is a white cord-like structure in which there are nerve fibers. Signals in the form of electrical impulses are conducted by the nerves between the terminals of nerves and the spinal cord or the brain.
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