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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the economic nerve center of a nation Wall Street's undisputed status as the nerve center for the world of high finance.

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Law-enforcement officials have turned a courtroom in a municipal building on the outskirts of town, about 90 miles northeast of the Twin Cities, into a nerve center for the investigation. Tim Gruber, The Seattle Times, "Mystery in a small town: A quiet couple are shot dead, their daughter is missing," 6 Nov. 2018 The European Union has also agreed that Khartoum will act as a nerve center for countersmuggling collaboration. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, "By Stifling Migration, Sudan’s Feared Secret Police Aid Europe," 22 Apr. 2018 The new company nerve center will be located at Palmetto Place at Boca Raton, formerly known as Interstate Plaza, 1499 W. Palmetto Park Road. David Lyons,, "Hair Club expanding North American HQ to new Boca office building," 19 June 2018 The department’s nerve center is a windowless room down the hall from Parros’s office. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "George Parros Used to be an N.H.L. Enforcer. Now He’s in Charge of Player Safety.," 7 Apr. 2018 In the middle is the pulp, which is the soft tissue that holds the nerve center. Jill U. Adams, Washington Post, "Here’s what it takes to whiten teeth," 28 Apr. 2018 At a time when Europe clearly represents the sport’s nerve center, holding the event in Asia makes little sense. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Did David Ferrer’s Davis Cup Triumph Doom ITF Proposal for Revamp?," 11 Apr. 2018 As the nerve center for Baghdad’s expansive science set-up since the 1960s, Tuwaitha once teemed with thousands of specialists who kept the facility running day and night. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "How Saddam and ISIS Killed Iraqi Science," 30 May 2018 The group has become a political and cultural nerve center for a new generation of mostly young activists and progressive organizers. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Democratic Socialist women score big wins in Pennsylvania," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of nerve center

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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Medical Definition of nerve center 

: center

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