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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

Examples of nerved in a Sentence

a nerved and fearless driver of race cars
Recent Examples on the Web The result is a work of rare, raw-nerved insight into group therapy and individual trauma, as well as a moving vision of male friendship and strength in the face of evil. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Most of the emotion in the series veers toward the overblown or maudlin, though Winona Ryder (God bless ’er), who plays Will’s jangly nerved mother, Joyce, has at last decided to fully apply her once formidable talent to the role. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, 3 July 2019 Putin, a former KGB agent, has ruled Russia as prime minister or president for more than 18 years, and in that time has crafted an image as a steely nerved leader and the man best qualified to rebuild his country after the end of the Soviet Union. Andrew E. Kramer,, 7 May 2018 Cynthia Gerber is just right as the fragile-nerved stage manager Poppy. Pam Kragen,, 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nerved

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Nerved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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