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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 ?
Baggs, shaking her head and raising her eyes to heaven, "you will remember that I have nerves, and will not presume upon them.
In the wretched state of my nerves, movement of any kind is exquisitely painful to me.
At that moment, in the state of my nerves, I absolutely believed she lied; and if I once more closed my eyes it was before the dazzle of the three or four possible ways in which I might take this up.
It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that this pity comes troubling us.
There are nerves and muscles in our frames whose functions and whose methods of working it seems a sort of sacrilege to describe by cold physiological names and surgical technicalities, and the monk's talk suggested to me something of this kind.
They had left Louisa beginning to sit up; but her head, though clear, was exceedingly weak, and her nerves susceptible to the highest extreme of tenderness; and though she might be pronounced to be altogether doing very well, it was still impossible to say when she might be able to bear the removal home; and her father and mother, who must return in time to receive their younger children for the Christmas holidays, had hardly a hope of being allowed to bring her with them.
My nerves aren't very strong, and it takes very little to upset me.
At last, cautiously, he drew himself well within the tunnel, and again he lay at full length upon the floor, fighting to regain control of his shattered nerves.
Nerves make her jump out of a moving motor-car, or refuse to be married fashionably.
It is so subtle, so difficult of analysis, that persons who are a little limited, or even simply persons of strong nerves, will not understand a single atom of it.
I remember how I used to get on his nerves at Rome.
At nine-and-twenty I was gaunt and gray; my nerves were shattered, my heart was broken; and my face showed it without let or hindrance from the spirit that was broken too.