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. 1. A whitish cord, made up of nerve- fibers arranged in bundles held together by a connective- tissue sheath, through which stimuli are transmitted from the central nervous system to the periphery or the reverse. 2. In botany, vein, rib, one of the bundles of fibro vascular tissue in a leaf or petal.
  16. Thread- like structure throughout the body, stimulating action and by which sensation is conveyed to the brain.
  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. To give strength or vigor to: courage.
  19. Organ which transmits sensations to, or impulses from, the brain; firmness; courage.
  20. To give vigor to.
  21. To imbue with nerve, vigor, or courage.
  22. Anat. A cord like structure by which sensations are transmitted through an animal body.
  23. Anything likened to a nerve, as a tendon.
  24. An organ of sensation and motion in animals; a vein in the leaf of a plant; strength; firmness of body; fortitude; courage.
  25. To give strength or vigour to.
  26. 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.
  27. To give strength or vigour to; to strengthen.
  28. One of the numerous grey fibrous cords connecting the brain with all other parts of the body; the vein of an insect wing; a vein.

Usage examples for nerve

  1. 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
  2. You have your nerve to come to me! – Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager by Burt L. Standish
  3. 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
  4. The sight of him set every nerve of my body on edge. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  5. He had no' a bad nerve to cut it so fine. – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  6. " You wouldn't have the nerve," he said. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  7. 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
  8. Clearly, Randolph's suggestion had hit a sensitive nerve. – The Black Experience in America The Immigrant Heritage of America by Norman Coombs
  9. But her nerve was shaken. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  10. She has broken my nerve. – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  11. They can't face a good man an' keep their nerve. – Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Bar-20 by Clarence Edward Mulford
  12. I've got nerve- as the sayin' is. – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  13. When he is as old as his brother he'll have his brother's nerve. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  14. Well, you have an awful nerve to come to me with such questions. – The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship by Margaret Burnham
  15. Thought I'd better not; the fellow's nerve had gone. – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  16. Keep your nerve up, Douglas. – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  17. Even Captain Arms almost lost his nerve. – The Second Deluge by Garrett P. Serviss
  18. I had broken his nerve. – A Woman's Burden by Fergus Hume
  19. 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
  20. 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