nerve center


Definition of nerve center

2 : a source of leadership, organization, control, or energy the financial nerve center of the nation

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Examples of nerve center in a Sentence

the economic nerve center of a nation Wall Street's undisputed status as the nerve center for the world of high finance.
Recent Examples on the Web The capital is a nerve center of Chinese Communist Party rule and a crowded metropolis with more than 21 million people., "Schools shut in Beijing as coronavirus flares," 17 June 2020 The scene at Huawei’s Shenzhen nerve center invokes deja vu from a year ago, when Huawei billionaire Ren Zhengfei emerged from seclusion to declare his company’s survival in doubt., "Huawei Employees See Dire Threat to Future From Latest Trump Salvo," 7 June 2020 The nerve center of the Sanders operation is a small collection of old-guard stalwarts and energetic newcomers. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Sanders camp is pulled in different directions as defeat inches closer," 10 Mar. 2020 So far, tailors in Aba, the state's commercial nerve center, have produced 200,000 face masks and 3,000 overalls, the agency said. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Nigerian tailors are hand-making PPE to help fight coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 But the coronavirus pandemic triggered a new role: the nerve center for the military’s efforts to protect troops, families and the civilian workforce in three major installations and the region itself. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio commander is in eye of coronavirus storm — good thing she’s a pilot," 26 Mar. 2020 Given Lagos’ standing as Nigeria’s economic nerve center, the threat of a highly contagious viral outbreak in a state where 20 million people are squeezed into land mass that’s about the size of Indianapolis (population: 870,000), is grim. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s largest city is trying to shut down to beat coronavirus—that’s easier said than done," 19 Mar. 2020 This became essentially our nerve center, our war room for the trial. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, ""I had to choose": Did a father brainwash his daughter to help plan her mother's murder?," 8 Feb. 2020 So is the building’s size, a massive 160,000-square-foot nerve center that now houses the four media outlets at 189 B Street in Needham. Chad Finn,, "NBC Sports Boston and partners get fancy new home," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of nerve center

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2020

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“Nerve center.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nerve center

: a place from which the activities of an organization, system, etc., are controlled

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