(zoology) A bundle of neurons with their connective tissue sheaths, blood vessels and lymphatics.
(nonstandard, colloquial) A neuron.
(botany) A vein in a leaf; a grain in wood
- The nerves can be seen through the skin.''
- ''Some plants have ornamental value because of their contrasting nerves
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- He hasn't the nerve to tell her he likes her, what a wimp!
Stamina, endurance, fortitude.
- A trip to the whistling, fire-cracking Stadio San Paolo is always a test of nerve but Wenger's men have already outplayed the Italians once.
- He led me on to mightiest deeds, / Above the nerve of mortal arm.
(in the plural) Agitation caused by fear, stress or other negative emotion.
- He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited.
(obsolete) Sinew, tendon.
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- Ellie had a bad case of nerves before the big test.
- Come on; obey: / Thy nerves are in their infancy again, / And have no vigour in them.
- (Alexander Pope)
; Audacity, gall
: brashness, brazenness, big balls
* See also
* bundle of nerves
* get on somebody's nerves/get on one's nerves
* nerve cell
* nerve center
* nerve ending
* nerve fiber
* nerve gas
* nerve impulse
* nerves of steel
* nervi-, nervo-
* touch a nerve
* war of nerves
To give courage; sometimes with "up".
To give strength
- ''May their example nerve us to face the enemy.
- ''The liquor nerved up several of the men after their icy march.