Simple Definition of nerve
: one of the many thin parts that control movement and feeling by carrying messages between the brain and other parts of the body
: courage that allows you to do something that is dangerous, difficult, or frightening
: the rude attitude of someone who says or does things that make other people angry or upset
Full Definition of nerve
2 : any of the filamentous bands of nervous tissue that connect parts of the nervous system with the other organs, conduct nerve impulses, and are made up of axons and dendrites together with protective and supportive structures
4 a : a sore or sensitive point <her remark touched a nerve> b plural : nervous agitation or irritability : nervousness <a case of nerves>
5 : vein 3
6 : the sensitive pulp of a tooth
Examples of nerve
The optic nerve in the eye allows you to see.
a condition affecting the nerves in her arm
It takes a lot of nerve to start a new career.
He found the nerve to stand up to his boss.
I was going to ask her to the dance, but I lost my nerve.
You have a lot of nerve to talk to me that way.
I can't believe she had the nerve to call me a liar.
Origin of nerve
Latin nervus sinew, nerve; akin to Greek neuron sinew, nerve, nēn to spin — more at needle
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of nerve
Definition of nerve
: to give strength or courage to : supply with physical or moral force
Examples of nerve
<needs to nerve himself for the big game tomorrow>
First Known Use of nerve
Medical Definition of nerve
1: any of the filamentous bands of nervous tissue that connect parts of the nervous system with the other organs, conduct nervous impulses, and are made up of axons and dendrites together with protective and supportive structures and that for the larger nerves have the fibers gathered into funiculi surrounded by a perineurium and the funiculi enclosed in a common epineurium
2nerves pl : a state or condition of nervous agitation or irritability
3: the sensitive pulp of a tooth
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