: 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
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. Verb
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As a result, some contestants claim to have suffered from hypothermia and nerve damage.—Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Those measures drew attention, but the punishment of the prelates from the United States, a country whose clerics the Argentine pontiff has long been skeptical of, has touched a conservative nerve.—Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 After battling a painful nerve condition, the 29-year-old started using drugs and had taken to living on the street.—Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2023 With their heads bowed and their eyes closed, a voice reverberated through the room over the footsteps in the hall of the nearby theater and the nerves in their stomachs.—Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 Botox injections: These treat armpit, hand, and foot sweating by blocking nerves that activate sweating.—Amanda MacMillan, Health, 25 Nov. 2023 Despite standing in front of 200 people, the bride didn’t feel any nerves—just joy.—Elise Taylor, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2023 Letterman’s recollection of that conversation focused on a different element of hosting late night — the nerves.—Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 Instead, the crucial element in restoring motor function is for the nerves to reconnect to their natural places on the other side of the injury.—Gail Dutton, Discover Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 See More
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Latin nervus sinew, nerve; akin to Greek neuron sinew, nerve, nēn to spin — more at needle
: 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 and that for the larger nerves have the fibers gathered into funiculi surrounded by a perineurium and the funiculi enclosed in a common epineurium
nerves plural: a state or condition of nervous agitation or irritability