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nerve

 (nûrv)
n.
1. Any of the cordlike bundles of fibers made up of neurons through which sensory stimuli and motor impulses pass between the brain or other parts of the central nervous system and the eyes, glands, muscles, and other parts of the body. Nerves form a network of pathways for conducting information throughout the body.
2. The sensitive tissue in the pulp of a tooth.
3. A sore point or sensitive subject: The criticism touched a nerve.
4.
a. Courage and control under pressure: lost his nerve at the last minute.
b. Fortitude; stamina.
c. Forceful quality; boldness.
d. Brazen boldness; effrontery: had the nerve to deny it.
5. nerves Nervous agitation caused by fear, anxiety, or stress: had a sudden attack of nerves.
6. A vein or rib in the wing of an insect.
7. The midrib and larger veins in a leaf.
tr.v. nerved, nerv·ing, nerves
To give strength or courage to.
Idioms:
get on (someone's) nerves
To irritate or exasperate.
strain every nerve
To make every effort.

[Middle English, sinew, nerve, from Old French nerf, from Medieval Latin nervus, from Latin; see (s)neəu- in Indo-European roots.]

nerves

(nɜːvz)
pl n
1. the imagined source of emotional control: my nerves won't stand it.
2. anxiety, tension, or imbalance: she's all nerves.
3. bundle of nerves a very nervous person
4. get on one's nerves to irritate, annoy, or upset one

Nerves


a temporary paralytic or hypnotic state, often brought on by strong emotion. — cataplectic, adj.
the state or condition of a nerve when an electric current is passing through it. — electrotonic, adj.
a sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve. — neuralgie, adj.
1. Medicine. a nervous debility and exhaustion, as from overwork or prolonged nervous strain.
2. popularly, a nervous breakdown, — neurasthenie, adj.
Rare. the theory that all the body’s activity is controlled by nervous fluid.
1. an inflammation in a nerve.
2. a continuous pain in a nerve, associated with paralysis, loss of reflexes, and sensory disturbances. — neuritic, adj.
Medicine. the branch of anatomy that studies the anatomy of the nervous system. — neuroanatomical, adj.
the branch of neurology concerned with description of the nerves and nervous system. — neurographic, neurographical, adj.
the branch of medical science that studies the nerves and the nervous system, especially the diseases that affect them. — neurologist, n. — neurological, adj.
Medicine. a psychosomatic disease. — neuromimetic, adj.
the pathology of the nervous system. — neuropathologist, n. — neuropathologic, neuropathological, adj.
any disease or disorder of the nerves. — neuropathist, n. — neuropathie, adj.
the branch of medicine dealing with diseases affecting the mind and the nervous system. — neuropsychiatrist, n.neuropsychiatric, adj.
a functional disorder of the nervous system. See also psychology. — neurotic, n., adj.
the cutting of a nerve, as to relieve neuralgia. — neurotomist, n.
neuritis that affects several or many nerves.
neuralgia affecting the face.
Pathology. false or ghost sensations, such as those which seem to come from a missing limb. — pseudesthetic, pseudaesthetic, adj.
the surgical cutting of the nerve roots of the spine, usually the sensory or posterior roots, to relieve pain or eliminate paralysis.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nerves - an uneasy psychological statenerves - an uneasy psychological state; "he suffered an attack of nerves"
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state - (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic; "a manic state"
heebie-jeebies, jitters, screaming meemies - extreme nervousness
mental strain, nervous strain, strain - (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; "his responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
2.nerves - control of your emotions; "this kind of tension is not good for my nerves"
self-command, self-possession, will power, willpower, self-will, self-control, possession - the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Translations
أعْصاب
nervozita
dårlige nerver
taugaveiklun
âsap bozukluğu

nerve

(nəːv) noun
1. one of the cords which carry messages between all parts of the body and the brain.
2. courage. He must have needed a lot of nerve to do that; He lost his nerve.
3. rudeness. What a nerve!
verb
to force (oneself) to have enough courage (to do something). He nerved himself to climb the high tower.
nerves noun plural
the condition of being too easily excited or upset. She suffers from nerves.
ˈnervous adjective
1. of the nerves. the nervous system.
2. rather afraid. She was nervous about travelling by air; a nervous old lady.
ˈnervously adverb
ˈnervousness noun
ˈnervy adjective
excitable. The horse is rather nervy.
ˈnerviness noun
ˈnerve-racking adjective
causing great anxiety or nervousness. a nerve-racking experience.
nervous breakdown
a period of mental illness caused by a time of great strain.
nervous system
the brain, spinal cord and nerves of a person or animal.
get on someone's nerves
to irritate someone. Her behaviour really gets on my nerves.
References in classic literature ?
It had been successful, for at three-and-twenty, blighted affections find a balm in friendly society, and young nerves will thrill, young blood dance, and healthy young spirits rise, when subjected to the enchantment of beauty, light, music, and motion.
This is getting on your nerves, Ned, and I didn't know you had any.
Although his alarming communication was not received without much secret terror by the listeners, his earnest and impressive manner, aided perhaps by the nature of the danger, succeeded in bracing their nerves to undergo some unlooked-for and unusual trial.
This last act Hepzibah now performed, letting the bar fall with what smote upon her excited nerves as a most astounding clatter.
Then, she was supported by an unnatural tension of the nerves, and by all the combative energy of her character, which enabled her to convert the scene into a kind of lurid triumph.
This drew from me, in the state of my nerves, a flash of impatience.
Sam, with frantic ejaculations, made a dive at the reins, but only succeeded in brushing the blazing palm-leaf afore-named into the horse's eyes, which by no means tended to allay the confusion of his nerves.
I went in and saw the surgeon labor awhile, but could not enjoy; it was much less trying to see the wounds given and received than to see them mended; the stir and turmoil, and the music of the steel, were wanting here--one's nerves were wrung by this grisly spectacle, whilst the duel's compensating pleasurable thrill was lacking.
He would have tossed and fidgeted, as his nerves demanded, but he was afraid he might wake Sid.
Woodhouse hoped to influence every visitor of the newly married pair; but still the cake was eaten; and there was no rest for his benevolent nerves till it was all gone.
In this manner they had continued about a quarter of an hour, when Marianne, whose nerves could not then bear any sudden noise, was startled by a rap at the door.
I can now conjecture readily that this streak of light was, in all likelihood, a gleam from a lantern carried by some one across the lawn: but then, prepared as my mind was for horror, shaken as my nerves were by agitation, I thought the swift darting beam was a herald of some coming vision from another world.