nurse


nurse
nurse [nʉrs]
n.
[ME norse < OFr norice < LL nutricia < L nutricius, that suckles or nourishes < nutrix (gen. nutricis), wet nurse < nutrire, to nourish < IE * (s)neu-, var. of base * (s)nā-, to flow > NATANT, Sans snāuti, (she) gives milk, Gr naein, to flow]
1. WET NURSE
2. a woman hired to take full care of another's young child or children; nursemaid
3. a person trained to take care of the sick, injured, or aged, to assist surgeons, etc.; specif., a registered nurse or a practical nurse
4. a person or thing that nourishes, fosters, protects, etc.
5. Zool. a worker bee or ant that cares for the young
vt.
nursed, nursing
1. to give milk from the breast to (an infant); suckle
2. to suck milk from the breast of
3. to take care of (a child or children)
4. to bring up; rear
5. to tend (the sick, injured, or aged)
6. to cause to continue, grow, or develop; nourish or foster [to nurse a grudge]
7. to treat, or try to cure [to nurse a cold]
8.
a) to use, operate, or handle cautiously or carefully, so as to avoid injury, pain, exhaustion, etc. [to nurse an injured leg]
b) to consume, spend, etc. slowly or carefully so as to conserve [to nurse a highball]
9. to clasp; hold carefully; fondle
10. Billiards to keep (the balls) close together for a series of caroms
vi.
1. to be suckled; feed at the breast
2. to suckle a child
3. to tend the sick, injured, etc. as a nurse
nurser
n.

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