Definitions of nurse

  1. maintain; as of a theory, thoughts, or feelings; " bear a grudge"; " hold a grudge"
  2. a woman who is the custodian of children
  3. serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
  4. one skilled in caring for the sick ( usually under the supervision of a physician)
  5. try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury; " He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs"
  6. treat carefully; " He nursed his injured back by liyng in bed several hours every afternoon"; " He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly"
  7. one skilled in caring for young children or the sick ( usually under the supervision of a physician)
  8. maintain ( a theory, thoughts, or feelings); " bear a grudge"; " entertain interesting notions"; " harbor a resentment"
  9. One who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or brings up; as: ( a) A woman who has the care of young children; especially, one who suckles an infant not her own. ( b) A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the sick or infirm.
  10. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like.
  11. A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place.
  12. A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and Redia.
  13. Either one of the nurse sharks.
  14. To nourish; to cherish; to foster
  15. To nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant.
  16. To take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon.
  17. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources.
  18. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does.
  19. To bring up; to raise, by care, from a weak or invalid condition; to foster; to cherish; - applied to plants, animals, and to any object that needs, or thrives by, attention.
  20. A woman who has the care of the children of another person; one who tends the sick or infirm; one who, or that which, protects or fosters.
  21. To tend or suckle, as an infant; bring up; tend in sickness; promote growth or vigor in; encourage.
  22. To suckle; of an infant, to suck.
  23. A woman who nourishes an infant: a mother, while her infant is at the breast: one who has the care of infants or of the sick: ( hort.) a shrub or tree which protects a young plant.
  24. To tend, as an infant, or a sick person: to bring up: to manage with care and economy.
  25. One who nourishes or tends a child or sick person.
  26. To tend, as a child or sick person; to manage with care.
  27. To care for, as a child or a sick person; suckle; nourish; cherish.
  28. One who nurses a child or a sick person.
  29. A woman who has care of infants or children; one who suckles children; one who tends the sick; he who or that which nourishes or protects; the state of being nursed.
  30. A woman who has the care of infants or young children; a woman who suckles the infant of another, familiarly called a wet- nurse; one having the care of a sick person; he or that which cherishes or promotes.
  31. To suckle; to nourish at the breast, as an infant; to attend and take care of in sickness; to cherish; to manage with care and economy.

Usage examples for nurse

  1. But while he hesitated the door opened, and Dr. Barrow came hurriedly into the room, followed by a nurse. – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  2. In response to his knock, a nurse appeared in the doorway. – The Lost Despatch by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  3. " Where but to see her old nurse Elizabeth? – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  4. Nurse Wade, I don't know what's beginning to come over you. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  5. The nurse was writing at her little table, when she looked up to see Polly by her side. – Polly of the Hospital Staff by Emma C. Dowd
  6. She and her mother tried to nurse him back to health. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  7. It was all beautiful, only Flaxie wanted to have a " talk" with mamma, but nurse said, " You'd better go down- stairs to play;" and then, not long after supper, she said again, " And now you'd better go to bed!" – The Twin Cousins by Sophie May
  8. She's the only nurse I've ever seen who could get Mac to do things. – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  9. The nurse went out of the room. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  10. Have you help- a doctor- a nurse? – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  11. Only let me help nurse him! – The Freelands by John Galsworthy
  12. You are the nurse? – A Girl in Ten Thousand by L. T. Meade
  13. I told his nurse to go and he is almost asleep. – The Gay Cockade by Temple Bailey
  14. " That will never do," said I; " nurse, take it off." – Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  15. Stay with your nurse, sir! – Monsieur Cherami by Charles Paul de Kock
  16. That's not my bus'ness; come, tell me, where's the Nurse? – The Fatal Jealousie (1673) by Henry Nevil Payne Commentator: Willard Thorp
  17. I don't want to be a nurse any more. – St. Cuthbert's by Robert E. Knowles
  18. The mysterious maid who called herself Maria Consuelo's nurse, or keeper, had perhaps spoken the truth. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  19. The nurse- an older woman than the first who had spoken to him outside- drew back with dignity. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  20. But nurse said there was none. – Half a Century by Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm