- The definition of a nurse is someone who cares for sick, old or young people, or someone who provides medical assistance.
- An example of a nurse is a person who takes care of you while you are in the hospital.
- An example of a nurse is a healthcare worker at a retirement home.
- An example of a nurse is someone who helps care for a newborn baby in your home.
- To nurse is to care for someone or something, or to feed a baby milk from the breast, or when a baby drinks milk from the breast.
- An example of nurse is to help a bird with a hurt wing to heal.
- An example of nurse is to walk carefully on a hurt leg.
- An example of nurse is to wake up at night to feed your newborn baby.
- Nurse means to drink something slowly.
An example of nurse is to hold on to the same beer all night.
nurse definition by Webster's New World
- wet nurse
- a woman hired to take full care of another's young child or children; nursemaid
- a person trained to take care of the sick, injured, or aged, to assist surgeons, etc.; specif., a registered nurse or a practical nurse
- a person or thing that nourishes, fosters, protects, etc.
- Zool. a worker bee or ant that cares for the young
Origin: Middle English norse ; from Old French norice ; from Late Latin nutricia ; from Classical Latin nutricius, that suckles or nourishes ; from nutrix (gen. nutricis), wet nurse ; from nutrire, to nourish ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)neu-, variant, variety of base an unverified form (s)nā-, to flow from source natant, Sanskrit snāuti, (she) gives milk, Classical Greek naein, to flow
- to give milk from the breast to (an infant); suckle
- to suck milk from the breast of
- to take care of (a child or children)
- to bring up; rear
- to tend (the sick, injured, or aged)
- to cause to continue, grow, or develop; nourish or foster: to nurse a grudge
- to treat, or try to cure: to nurse a cold
- to use, operate, or handle cautiously or carefully, so as to avoid injury, pain, exhaustion, etc.: to nurse an injured leg
- to consume, spend, etc. slowly or carefully so as to conserve: to nurse a highball
- to clasp; hold carefully; fondle
- Billiards to keep (the balls) close together for a series of caroms
- to be suckled; feed at the breast
- to suckle a child
- to tend the sick, injured, etc. as a nurse
- nurser noun
nurse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person educated and trained to care for the sick or disabled.
- a. A woman employed to take care of a child; a nursemaid.b. A woman employed to suckle children other than her own; a wet nurse.
- One that serves as a nurturing or fostering influence or means: “Town life is the nurse of civilization” (C.L.R. James).
- Zoology A worker ant or bee that feeds and cares for the colony's young.
- To serve as a nurse for: nursed the patient back to health.
- a. To cause or allow to take milk from the breast: a mother nursing her baby.b. To feed at the breast of; suckle.
- To try to cure by special care or treatment: nurse a cough with various remedies.
- To treat carefully, especially in order to prevent pain: He nursed his injured knee by shifting his weight to the other leg.
- To manage or guide carefully; look after with care; foster: nursed her business through the depression. See Synonyms at nurture.
- To bear privately in the mind: nursing a grudge.
- To consume slowly, especially in order to conserve: nursed one drink all evening.
- To serve as a nurse.
- To take nourishment from the breast; suckle.
Origin: Middle English norice, nurse, wet nurse, from Old French norrice, from Vulgar Latin *nutrīcia, from Late Latin nūtrīcia, from feminine of Latin nūtrīcius, that suckles, from nūtrīx, nūtrīc-, wet nurse; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.
- nursˈer noun
nurse - Medical Definition
- A person trained to care for the sick or disabled, especially one educated in the scientific basis of human response to health problems and trained to assist a physician.
- A wet nurse.
- An individual who cares for an infant or young child.
- To serve as a nurse.
- To provide or take nourishment from the breast; suckle.