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Definitions of nerve

  1. impudent aggressiveness; " I couldn't believe her boldness"; " he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
  2. the courage to carry on; " he kept fighting on pure spunk"; " you haven't got the heart for baseball"
  3. get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
  4. any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body
  5. One of the whitish and elastic bundles of fibers, with the accompanying tissues, which transmit nervous impulses between nerve centers and various parts of the animal body.
  6. A sinew or a tendon.
  7. Physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control; constitutional vigor.
  8. Steadiness and firmness of mind; self- command in personal danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution.
  9. Audacity; assurance.
  10. One of the principal fibrovascular bundles or ribs of a leaf, especially when these extend straight from the base or the midrib of the leaf.
  11. One of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of insects.
  12. To give strength or vigor to; to supply with force; as, fear nerved his arm.
  13. One of the gray cordlike fibers which serve as a means of communication between the brain and all parts of the body; bodily or mental strength or control; coolness; the strong vein of a leaf.
  14. To fill with vigor, strength, or courage.
  15. ( orig.) A tendon or sinew: physical strength: firmness: courage: one of the fibres which convey sensation from all parts of the body to the brain: one of the fibres in the leaves of plants.
  16. To give strength or vigor to: courage.
  17. Organ which transmits sensations to, or impulses from, the brain; firmness; courage.
  18. To give vigor to.
  19. To imbue with nerve, vigor, or courage.
  20. Anat. A cord like structure by which sensations are transmitted through an animal body.
  21. Anything likened to a nerve, as a tendon.
  22. An organ of sensation and motion in animals; a vein in the leaf of a plant; strength; firmness of body; fortitude; courage.
  23. To give strength or vigour to.
  24. One of the network of grey fibrous cords which are carried from the brain as their centre to all parts of the body, forming the organs of sensation and impressions; fortitude; strength; firmness of mind or body; courage; manliness; in bot., one of the fibrous bundles of the combined vascular and cellular tissue ramifying through leaves, & c., like veins or nerves in the animal structure.
  25. To give strength or vigour to; to strengthen.

Usage examples for nerve

  1. When he is as old as his brother he'll have his brother's nerve. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  2. But her nerve was shaken. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  3. Some of them seem to imagine things go right of themselves, and there's no call now for strength and nerve. – The Coast of Adventure by Harold Bindloss
  4. " You wouldn't have the nerve," he said. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  5. Hardly any one will understand what has happened, just that one trapeze rope has broken, or that one man has lost his nerve and missed his grip. – Gossamer 1915 by George A. Birmingham
  6. Clearly, Randolph's suggestion had hit a sensitive nerve. – The Black Experience in America The Immigrant Heritage of America by Norman Coombs
  7. Well, you have an awful nerve to come to me with such questions. – The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship by Margaret Burnham
  8. It did require a good deal of nerve to keep my face straight when a grave and dignified chief, who wished to inquire politely as to my health, for the moment dropped his own language, and in good English said, " Does your mother know you're out?" – By Canoe and Dog-Train by Egerton Ryerson Young
  9. He had no' a bad nerve to cut it so fine. – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  10. I had broken his nerve. – A Woman's Burden by Fergus Hume
  11. He is quite proud of Annie- my sister Annie- for her nerve, and she needs it all, since she is in training for a nurse. – A Houseful of Girls by Sarah Tytler
  12. Even Captain Arms almost lost his nerve. – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  13. I've got nerve- as the sayin' is. – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  14. They can't face a good man an' keep their nerve. – Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Bar-20 by Clarence Edward Mulford
  15. She has broken my nerve. – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  16. The sight of him set every nerve of my body on edge. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  17. Keep your nerve up, Douglas. – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  18. And he said true, and that's why I'm telling you the story free gratis as Andrew Harben told it to me, which you may write yourself if you got the nerve. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  19. You have your nerve to come to me! – Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager by Burt L. Standish
  20. Thought I'd better not; the fellow's nerve had gone. – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
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