\ ˈnərvd How to pronounce nerved (audio) \

Definition of nerved

1a : veined a nerved wing
b : having veins or nerves especially of a specified kind or number used in combination fan-nerved leaves
2 : showing courage or strength

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a nerved and fearless driver of race cars

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First Known Use of nerved

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of nerved was in 1615

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showing great care, attention, and effort

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