- Nursing is the work of taking care of someone who is sick or in need of care, or to assist a doctor or surgeon.
An example of nursing is one of the jobs common at a hospital.
- Nursing is defined as feeding a baby breast milk.
An example of nursing is a mother giving a baby milk through her breast.
People in the nursing profession.
- the duties or profession of a nurse
- the medical care given by a nurse
- The profession of a nurse.
- The tasks or care of a nurse.
(comparative more nursing, superlative most nursing)
- Present participle of nurse.
- The mother sat there nursing her baby.
Variant of nurse
- 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 of nurseMiddle 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
transitive verbnursed, nursing
- 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