nerve

noun
\ ˈnərv How to pronounce nerve (audio) \

Definition of nerve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : sinew, tendon strain every nerve
2 : any of the filamentous bands of nervous tissue that connect parts of the nervous system with the other organs, conduct nerve impulses, and are made up of axons and dendrites together with protective and supportive structures
3a : power of endurance or control : fortitude, strength
b : assurance, boldness also : presumptuous audacity : gall
4a : a sore or sensitive point her remark touched a nerve
b nerves plural : nervous agitation or irritability : nervousness a case of nerves
6 : the sensitive pulp of a tooth

nerve

verb
nerved; nerving

Definition of nerve (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give strength or courage to : supply with physical or moral force

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Noun

temerity, audacity, hardihood, effrontery, nerve, cheek, gall, chutzpah mean conspicuous or flagrant boldness. temerity suggests boldness arising from rashness and contempt of danger. had the temerity to refuse audacity implies a disregard of restraints commonly imposed by convention or prudence. an entrepreneur with audacity and vision hardihood suggests firmness in daring and defiance. admired for her hardihood effrontery implies shameless, insolent disregard of propriety or courtesy. outraged at his effrontery nerve, cheek, gall, and chutzpah are informal equivalents for effrontery. the nerve of that guy has the cheek to call herself a singer had the gall to demand proof the chutzpah needed for a career in show business

Examples of nerve in a Sentence

Noun The optic nerve in the eye allows you to see. a condition affecting the nerves in her arm It takes a lot of nerve to start a new career. He found the nerve to stand up to his boss. I was going to ask her to the dance, but I lost my nerve. You have a lot of nerve to talk to me that way. I can't believe she had the nerve to call me a liar. Verb needs to nerve himself for the big game tomorrow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jessie inherited a rare genetic condition called GM1 gangliosidosis that affects about 200 people worldwide and progressively destroys nerve cells in the brain. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 The brain sends signals to the gut, which is teeming with nerve cells. Eleanor Morgan, refinery29.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Alzheimer’s disease also can cause a loss of connections between nerve cells that are important for communication between different parts of the brain. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 21 Oct. 2021 Your enteric nervous system, which comprises 100 million nerve cells, is in charge of controlling digestion. Kasandra Brabaw, Health.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Tau is a protein that assists in stabilizing the brain’s nerve cells, but Dutta said an abnormal form of it can cluster into tangles and has been associated with the cognitive decline found with Alzheimer’s patients. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 In addition, white matter, the insulation on axons – long cables that carry electrical impulses between nerve cells – is also less intact in older adults. Jessica Bernard, The Conversation, 24 Sep. 2021 In addition, white matter, the insulation on axons – long cables that carry electrical impulses between nerve cells – is also less intact in older adults. Jessica Bernard, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 The rare neurological condition causes the body’s immune system to damage nerve cells, and can lead to muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 19 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An inadequate tear film on the eye exposes nerve endings to whatever wafts in their path. Jenny Mccoy, Health.com, 27 Oct. 2021 Two of the latest rock-doc offerings hit that nostalgia nerve in two very different ways. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 July 2021 In New York, police were filmed beating and manhandling protesters, some of whom said they were left with bruises, scrapes, fractures and even nerve damage. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 That said, risks may include bleeding, infection, and nerve damage — all of which are extremely low. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, 5 Oct. 2021 Smith, 26, suffered a career-threatening knee injury - including ligament tears and nerve damage - during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, his final game at Notre Dame. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 7 Oct. 2021 Overdoses of the drug can cause stomach problems, nerve damage, seizures, disorientation, coma and death. Jen Christensen, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 The condition can lead to limb amputation, nerve damage, and other complications. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2021 What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome? Guillain-Barré syndrome, or GBS, is a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system damages nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis, according to the CDC. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of nerve

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nerve

Noun

Latin nervus sinew, nerve; akin to Greek neuron sinew, nerve, nēn to spin — more at needle

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The first known use of nerve was in the 14th century

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nerve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nerve

: one of the many thin parts that control movement and feeling by carrying messages between the brain and other parts of the body
: courage that allows you to do something that is dangerous, difficult, or frightening
: the rude attitude of someone who says or does things that make other people angry or upset

nerve

noun
\ ˈnərv How to pronounce nerve (audio) \

Kids Definition of nerve

1 : a bundle of nerve fibers that carries messages in the form of nerve impulses to or away from the brain and spinal cord
2 : courage, boldness "I've always wanted to do something like that … I just didn't have the nerve."— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control
3 : rude or disrespectful boldness You've got a lot of nerve to talk to me that way.
4 nerves plural : feelings of worry The groom suffered from nerves before the wedding.
5 : the sensitive soft inner part of a tooth

Other Words from nerve

nerveless \ -​ləs \ adjective

nerve

noun
\ ˈnərv How to pronounce nerve (audio) \

Medical Definition of nerve

1 : any of the filamentous bands of nervous tissue that connect parts of the nervous system with the other organs, conduct nerve impulses, and are made up of axons and dendrites together with protective and supportive structures and that for the larger nerves have the fibers gathered into funiculi surrounded by a perineurium and the funiculi enclosed in a common epineurium
2 nerves plural : a state or condition of nervous agitation or irritability
3 : the sensitive pulp of a tooth

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