• Patience.
  • (in the plural) Agitation caused by fear, stress or other negative emotion.

    "Ellie had a bad case of nerves before the big test."

  • (zoology) A bundle of neurons with their connective tissue sheaths, blood vessels and lymphatics.

    "The nerves can be seen through the skin."

  • Courage, boldness.

    "He hasn't the nerve to tell her he likes her, what a wimp!"

  • Audacity, gall.

    "He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited."

  • (botany) A vein in a leaf; a grain in wood

    "Some plants have ornamental value because of their contrasting nerves"

  • Stamina, endurance, fortitude.
  • (obsolete) Sinew, tendon.
  • (nonstandard, colloquial) A neuron.


  • (transitive) To give strength

    "The liquor nerved up several of the men after their icy march."

  • (transitive) To give courage; sometimes with "up".

    "May their example nerve us to face the enemy."

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