nerve center


Definition of nerve center

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

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 Just now, after Getty acquired it from the Duke of Sutherland, it had been rebooted as the nerve center of Getty’s worldwide petroleum empire, and his 72-room home. James Reginato, Town & Country, 5 July 2022 The nerve center of their operations was a Soviet-era building on 144 Yablunska Street. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 This isn’t the first time the neighborhood became the nerve center of protests against anti-Muslim discrimination. Tarushi Aswani, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 June 2022 There’s music all weekend at the village green, overlooking the Ottauquechee, the nerve center for the festival. Kevin Cullen,, 12 May 2022 Liliesleaf had been a nerve center for the liberation movement in the early 1960s, with activists like Mr. Mandela frequently coming and going. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Apr. 2022 A few days later, in the predawn darkness on July 2, the Americans packed up Bagram, switched off the electricity, and flew out of the nerve center of the war without telling the new Afghan commander. George Packer, The Atlantic, 31 Jan. 2022 From 1966 to 1972, the Grande reigned as Detroit's leading rock hall, the nerve center of hippie music culture in town. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2022 Naming a senior leader to coordinate the nerve center. Asutosh Padhi, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nerve center.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of nerve center

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About nerve center

Time Traveler for nerve center

Time Traveler

The first known use of nerve center was in 1868

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near nerve center

nerve cell

nerve center

nerve cord

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for nerve center

Last Updated

16 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Nerve center.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for nerve center

nerve center


Medical Definition of nerve center

: center


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!