nelson

noun
nel·​son | \ ˈnel-sən How to pronounce nelson (audio) \

Definition of nelson

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a wrestling hold marked by the application of leverage against an opponent's arm, neck, and head — compare full nelson, half nelson

Nelson

biographical name
Nel·​son | \ ˈnel-sən How to pronounce Nelson (audio) \

Definition of Nelson (Entry 2 of 3)

Horatio 1758–1805 Viscount Nelson British admiral

Nelson

geographical name
Nel·​son | \ ˈnel-sən How to pronounce Nelson (audio) \

Definition of Nelson (Entry 3 of 3)

1 river 400 miles (644 kilometers) long in Manitoba, Canada, flowing from the northern end of Lake Winnipeg to Hudson Bay
2 city and port at the head of a bay on the northern coast of the South Island, New Zealand population 37,943

First Known Use of nelson

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nelson

Noun

probably from the name Nelson

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“Nelson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nelson. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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