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 Downing Street is extraordinarily ill-suited to its function as the nerve center of a modern bureaucracy. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 June 2021 The Guadalupe Yard operates as the nerve center of the light rail network and is now a crime scene under sheriff’s department control. NBC News, 2 June 2021 Although the nerve center of American dance is New York, Mrs. Halprin made a bold statement by making California her base. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Alex Anzalone should be the nerve center of the defense this fall. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2021 But McLaughlin lets every emotion — anger, vulnerability, forced bravado — play across his face, a tender walking nerve center. Leah Greenblatt,, 1 Apr. 2021 The roads were clear of cars, restaurants sat empty behind metal gates, and convenience stores, the nerve center of so many neighborhoods, remained silent and dark. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2021 For centuries, Guangzhou has intermittently been a nerve center for migrants, whether internal or foreign. Jenni Marsh, CNN, 17 Mar. 2021 The middle office is the nerve center of the enterprise. Nishant Nair, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of nerve center

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nerve center was in 1868

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10 Jun 2021

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“Nerve center.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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