- The definition of a nerve is any of the bundles of fibers that send sensory information through the central nervous system in different areas of the body to the brain.
An example of a nerve is what tells your brain you're in pain when you stub your toe on a rock.
- Nerve is defined as courage or strength.
- An example of nerve is someone being willing to talk about their recent divorce.
- An example of nerve is a student standing up to the school bully.
- a sinew or tendon: now only in the phr. strain every nerve, to try as hard as possible
- any of the cordlike fibers or bundles of fibers connecting the bodily 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
- the pulp of a tooth, including the nerves, blood vessels, etc.
- emotional control; coolness in danger; courage: a man of nerve
- strength; energy; vigor
- [pl.] the nervous system regarded as indicating health, emotional stability, endurance, etc.
- an attack of this; hysteria
- Informal impudent boldness; audacity; brazenness
- Biol. a rib or vein in a leaf or insect's wing
Origin of nerveMiddle English nerfe from Old French nerf from Classical Latin nervus, sinew, nerve, string from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)n?u-, to twist, wind from source Classical Greek neuron, tendon, nerve, Old English sneowan, to hurry
transitive verbnerved, nerv′ing
get on someone's nerves
- 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.
- The sensitive tissue in the pulp of a tooth.
- A sore point or sensitive subject: The criticism touched a nerve.
- 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.
- nerves Nervous agitation caused by fear, anxiety, or stress: had a sudden attack of nerves.
- A vein or rib in the wing of an insect.
- The midrib and larger veins in a leaf.
transitive verbnerved, nerv·ing, nerves
Origin of nerveMiddle English sinew, nerve from Old French nerf from Medieval Latin nervus from Latin; see (s)neəu- in Indo-European roots.
- (zoology) A bundle of neurons with their connective tissue sheaths, blood vessels and lymphatics.
- The nerves can be seen through the skin.
- (nonstandard, colloquial) A neuron.
- (botany) A vein in a leaf; a grain in wood
- Some plants have ornamental value because of their contrasting nerves
- Courage, boldness.
- He hasn't the nerve to tell her he likes her, what a wimp!
- Stamina, endurance, fortitude.
- Audacity, gall.
- He had the nerve to enter my house uninvited.
- (in the plural) Agitation caused by fear, stress or other negative emotion.
- Ellie had a bad case of nerves before the big test.
(third-person singular simple present nerves, present participle nerving, simple past and past participle nerved)
Recorded since circa 1374, from Medieval Latin nervus (“nerve"), from Latin nervus (“sinew").