nerve


nerve
nerve [nʉrv]
n.
[ME nerfe < OFr nerf < L nervus, sinew, nerve, string < IE base * (s)nēu-, to twist, wind > Gr neuron, tendon, nerve, OE sneowan, to hurry]
1. a sinew or tendon: now only in the phr. strain every nerve, to try as hard as possible
2. any of the cordlike fibers or bundles of fibers connecting the body organs with the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) and parts of the nervous system with each other, and carrying impulses to and from the brain or a nerve center
3. the pulp of a tooth, including the nerves, blood vessels, etc.
4. emotional control; coolness in danger; courage [a man of nerve]
5. strength; energy; vigor
6. [pl.] the nervous system regarded as indicating health, emotional stability, endurance, etc.
7. [pl.]
a) nervousness
b) an attack of this; hysteria
8. Informal impudent boldness; audacity; brazenness
9. Biol. a rib or vein in a leaf or insect's wing
vt.
nerved, nerving
to give strength or courage to
SYN.- TEMERITY
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get on someone's nerves
Informal to make someone irritable or exasperated
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nerve oneself
to collect one's energies or courage for an effort

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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