nel·son | \ˈnel-sən \

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


biographical name
Nel·son | \ˈnel-sən \

Definition of Nelson (Entry 2 of 3)

Horatio 1758–1805 Viscount Nelson British admiral


geographical name
Nel·son | \ˈnel-sən \

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

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Photo: mike nelson/EPA/Shutterstock Bob Raymer, a senior engineer at the California Building Industry Association, said the trade group would have preferred California hold off a few more years on the solar mandate. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "California Takes Big Step to Require Solar on New Homes," 9 May 2018 Admission is free but tickets must be reserved at nelson-atkins-org. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Rare photo exhibit opens at Nelson-Atkins, thanks to $10M grant from Hall foundation | The Kansas City Star," 25 Apr. 2018 In the meantime Mr Ghani is seeking to free Afghan politics from the half-nelson of strongmen. The Economist, "Power-sheddingAfghanistan’s fragile government picks a dangerous fight," 1 Mar. 2018 In February, nelson was ahead of Scott 46-37 percent among these Independents. Patricia Mazzei, miamiherald, "Another Florida poll shows potential 2018 Senate race deadlocked," 26 Oct. 2017 Jones then put the girl in a full nelson, squeezing his arms around her armpits from behind forcing her arms into the air, the video showed. Cory Shaffer,, "Lakewood mother files suit against police officer who broke her teen daughter's jaw inside library," 5 June 2017 After Fleck set the boy down on his feet, the kid took down Fleck and used a half nelson to flip Fleck, earn back points and then pin him. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "BTN announces early Gophers football kickoff times," 6 June 2017 Nelsons’s approach with the series is not only generous but holistic. Russell Platt, The New Yorker, "Andris Nelsons’s New-Music Bona Fides," 6 Mar. 2017 Nelson allowed eight runs in 12 innings last year against San Diego. Jeff Sanders,, "First pitch: Padres again drawing light Brewers lineup," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of nelson


1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nelson


probably from the name Nelson

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