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 The next layer is dentin, which is less dense than enamel and encases the pulp, the soft tissue that holds a tooth’s nerve center. Washington Post, "Millions have watched TikTokers file their own teeth. Now, two of these DIY dentists say: Don’t try it.," 24 Sep. 2020 Democrat Candace Valenzuela, running in a tight race for an open House seat as the school year kicks off, has turned her master bathroom into her campaign’s nerve center. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Political Candidates Run for Office While Running Home Schools," 18 Sep. 2020 Vaness Street can be the off-campus party nerve center hours before kickoff. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "Noie: Notre Dame Stadium is open again, but it's quiet all around. Too quiet.," 13 Sep. 2020 The vertical control stick, the nerve center of the craft, was gripped between his knees. Christoper Spregg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the 1929 Daredevil Race To Become the World's Fastest Plane," 19 Aug. 2020 The Army Corps of Engineers has hired an Algiers construction firm to build a combination of permanent floodwalls and temporary structures to protect the Corps' vulnerable nerve center from floodwaters. Mark Schleifstein,, "Army Corps hires contractor to build floodwalls at New Orleans headquarters for $8.9 million," 18 Aug. 2020 For China, the loss of its mission in Houston dims its view of America's South and, according to U.S. officials, removes the nerve center of a Chinese spying network. Matthew Lee, Star Tribune, "US, China consulate closures deal losses to both nations," 30 July 2020 Botin wanted enough space to accommodate the workers at the nerve center of his fast-expanding empire, complete with services such as daycare for children and sports facilities including a golf course. Charlie Devereux,, "Botin’s Vision of Future Pays Off for Santander in Age of Covid-19," 4 June 2020 Covid-19 cases across the country -- especially in large cities struggling with shortages of hospital beds and ventilators that include the financial nerve center Mumbai and capital New Delhi -- are expected to peak in July. Archana Chaudhary,, "India Fourth Worst-Hit Nation After Virus Cases Exceed U.K.," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of nerve center

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Oct 2020

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“Nerve center.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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