nerve center


: 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 Long the nerve center for the federal fire service, Boise has become a boomtown, pricing out wildland firefighters, with a median home price of $513,000. ProPublica, 16 Mar. 2024 Caltrans outpost affected by storm The storm’s severe winds also knocked out power at Caltrans’ fortified nerve center just west of Donner Pass. Daniel Hunt, Sacramento Bee, 2 Mar. 2024 Here, home to low-income elderly people, in one of Miami’s pockets of el exilio, is the nerve center. Linda Robertson, Miami Herald, 20 Dec. 2023 The view from California —Several tech leaders argue San Francisco and the Bay Area more broadly remain a thriving nerve center of talent, institutional knowledge and bountiful venture capital, Times writer Hannah Wiley reported. Erin B. Logan, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2024 The Virginia facility is the nerve center for the nation’s air traffic controllers, whose work will intensify as holiday air traffic peaks Wednesday, the busiest day for flights during what’s expected to be the third-busiest Thanksgiving travel period ever, according to AAA. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 But most of them have some kind of centralized nerve center. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, 22 Nov. 2023 For the past year, Brand’s recording studio in the Oxfordshire countryside has been blessed as an emerging nerve center of the American right, or at least the anti-anti-right, with a procession of presidential candidates beaming in. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 The Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly chambers, adorned with antlers and a scrimshaw walrus tusk, served as the nerve center for the search with Clement Sr. acting as spokesperson. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, 11 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Nerve center.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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Medical Definition

nerve center

: center
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