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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Nerve  \Nerve\,  n.  [OE.  nerfe,  F.  nerf,  L.  nervus,  akin  to  Gr  ? 
  sinew,  nerve;  cf  ?  string,  bowstring;  perh.  akin  to  E. 
  needle.  Cf  {Neuralgia}.] 
  1.  (Anat.)  One  of  the  whitish  and  elastic  bundles  of  fibers, 
  with  the  accompanying  tissues,  which  transmit  nervous 
  impulses  between  nerve  centers  and  various  parts  of  the 
  animal  body. 
 
  Note:  An  ordinary  nerve  is  made  up  of  several  bundles  of 
  nerve  fibers,  each  bundle  inclosed  in  a  special  sheath 
  (the  perineurium)  and  all  bound  together  in  a 
  connective  tissue  sheath  and  framework  (the  epineurium) 
  containing  blood  vessels  and  lymphatics 
 
  2.  A  sinew  or  a  tendon.  --Pope. 
 
  3.  Physical  force  or  steadiness;  muscular  power  and  control; 
  constitutional  vigor. 
 
  he  led  me  on  to  mightiest  deeds,  Above  the  nerve  of 
  mortal  arm.  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Steadiness  and  firmness  of  mind;  self-command  in  personal 
  danger,  or  under  suffering;  unshaken  courage  and 
  endurance;  coolness;  pluck;  resolution. 
 
  5.  Audacity;  assurance.  [Slang] 
 
  6.  (Bot.)  One  of  the  principal  fibrovascular  bundles  or  ribs 
  of  a  leaf,  especially  when  these  extend  straight  from  the 
  base  or  the  midrib  of  the  leaf. 
 
  7.  (Zo["o]l.)  One  of  the  nervures,  or  veins,  in  the  wings  of 
  insects. 
 
  {Nerve  cell}  (Anat.),  one  of  the  nucleated  cells  with  which 
  nerve  fibers  are  connected;  a  ganglion  cell. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Nerve  \Nerve\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Nerved};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Nerving}.] 
  To  give  strength  or  vigor  to  to  supply  with  force;  as  fear 
  nerved  his  arm. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  nerve 
  n  1:  any  bundle  of  nerve  fibers  running  to  various  organs  and 
  tissues  of  the  body  [syn:  {nervus}] 
  2:  the  courage  to  carry  on:  "he  kept  fighting  on  pure  spunk"; 
  "you  haven't  got  the  heart  for  baseball"  [syn:  {heart},  {mettle}, 
  {spunk}] 
  3:  impudent  aggressiveness;  "I  couldn't  believe  her  boldness"; 
  "he  had  the  effrontery  to  question  my  honesty"  [syn:  {boldness}, 
  {effrontery},  {brass},  {face},  {cheek}] 
  v  :  get  ready  for  something  difficult  or  unpleasant  [syn:  {steel}] 




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