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.

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Gokada Lagos state, which is the commercial nerve center of Nigeria, is probably the most regulatory conscious state in the country. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Motorcycle-hailing startups are battling each other—and the law—to win in Africa’s largest city," 30 May 2019 Seattle Department of Transportation crews, both outdoors and at the agency nerve center, are working 12-hour shifts around the clock to keep roads as clear as possible. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Fresh snow arrives in Seattle, closing region’s schools again," 11 Feb. 2019 Sessions managed to use the latter power to make the DOJ a nerve center for immigration policy. Dara Lind, Vox, "William Barr hearing: attorney general nominee’s immigration record aligns with Trump’s," 16 Jan. 2019 Instead, the research suggests that artists who start out seeking connections with powerful curators, dealers and collectors within the nerve center of the art world are far more likely to hit the big time. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "The Surprising Formula for Becoming an Art Star," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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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