Definitions of nerve

  1. To give strength or vigor to; to supply with force; as, fear nerved his arm.
  2. To fill with vigor, strength, or courage.
  3. To give strength or vigor to: courage.
  4. To give vigor to.
  5. To give strength or vigour to.
  6. To give strength or vigour to; to strengthen.
  7. impudent aggressiveness; " I couldn't believe her boldness"; " he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
  8. any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body
  9. 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.
  10. A sinew or a tendon.
  11. Physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control; constitutional vigor.
  12. Steadiness and firmness of mind; self- command in personal danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution.
  13. Audacity; assurance.
  14. 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.
  15. One of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of insects.
  16. 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.
  17. ( 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.
  18. Organ which transmits sensations to, or impulses from, the brain; firmness; courage.
  19. Anything likened to a nerve, as a tendon.
  20. An organ of sensation and motion in animals; a vein in the leaf of a plant; strength; firmness of body; fortitude; courage.
  21. 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.