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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The Hindu tradition teaches that chakras are energy centers in our body that correspond with various nerve centers. Alyson Pomerantz, Longreads, "Anaphylaxis of the Mind," 3 Sep. 2019 Children’s entertainment is frequently inane, but JoJo rams a rod through a cultural nerve center. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Time, "'What Do People Want Me to Do? Wear Black Every Day?': How Child Star JoJo Siwa Built Her Sparkly Empire," 22 Aug. 2019 Borland is the nerve center of the defense, comfortable running the show. Doug Lesmerises,, "Why Ohio State’s new linebackers are the Buckeyes’ old linebackers: Doug Lesmerises," 27 Aug. 2019 But what Sharett discovered off the field led him to realize Henderson could be the nerve center of his entire secondary as a sophomore. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Xavier Henderson might be Michigan State's next Khari Willis, but different," 16 Aug. 2019 Moving around in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic nerve center and Africa’s largest mega-city, can be a pain regardless of the mode of transport as problems range from road congestion to poorly maintained road infrastructure and rowdy public transport. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Google is using Maps to try and bring order to one of Africa’s most chaotic cities," 25 July 2019 The company is perhaps best known for its Fit Finder quiz, a data nerve center. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "Online Bra Destination ThirdLove Opens Concept Store in New York," 19 July 2019 Part of the nerve center that helps the Dingell engine churn. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Grant Newsome spent his summer indoors — with Debbie Dingell," 18 July 2019 In the halls of Congress, the corridors of the administration, and the nerve centers of activist groups, forces are aligning behind a plan: a White House order to index capital gains for inflation. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Trump Alone Can Cut Taxes," 12 July 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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