Adjective "nerve" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A whitish fibre or bundle of fibres in the body that transmits impulses of sensation to the brain or spinal cord, and impulses from these to the muscles and organs.
  1. 'Your spinal cord runs down through your vertebrae, and nerves pass through gaps in the spinal column.'
  2. 'Mind and body is connected through nerves, muscle and bone.'
  3. 'The spinal cord threads through the centre of each vertebra, carrying nerves from the brain to the rest of the body.'
  4. 'Our skin protects the network of muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies.'
  5. 'Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative nerve disease that damages the protective fatty sheath around nerves in the brain and spinal cord.'
  6. 'At each level of the spine, main nerves join the spinal cord from specific parts of the body.'
  7. 'The sensory nerve, arising from the branches of the superior laryngeal nerve, innervates the mucous membrane of the larynx.'
  8. 'Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a serious but preventable disease that affects the body's muscles and nerves.'
  9. 'The axons of both classes of interneuron enter the brain via the ocellar nerve, which also carries the axons of efferent neurons.'
  10. 'The peripheral nervous system includes cranial and peripheral nerves and associated ganglia.'
One's steadiness and courage in a demanding situation.
  1. 'he kept his nerve and won five games in a row'
  2. 'But if we lose our nerve now, it may take centuries to recover the resolve to assert law over violence.'
  3. 'In his 46th consecutive season of racing, Smith's performance was a tribute to how well he has maintained his physical skills and kept his nerve.'
  4. 'Well, the immaculately turned-up students and executives of the hospitality industry kept their nerve.'
  5. 'But he kept his nerve, geed up the bus system and forced it through at a time when he was politically vulnerable before the mayoral elections.'
  6. 'Kevin got up the nerve to ask Terry for her home number.'
  7. 'The only way America can lose, in this view, is if we lose our nerve.'
  8. 'And the youngster kept his nerve to strike two more penalties, which sealed the fate of the by now hard-pressed Castlemen.'
  9. 'As the difference between humans and robots dissolves, do not succumb to paranoia, do not lose your nerve.'
  10. 'After all, if I lose my nerve so early in the game, just imagine what they'll say back at the paint factory.'
  11. 'Sean Kavanagh, having been quite for long periods, came good in the closing minutes and kept his nerve to kick the levelling point.'
  12. in singular 'you've got a nerve coming here'
  13. 'I only wish I had the nerve to try some of the more hair-raising pastimes enjoyed by some of our older citizens, but am far too much of a coward and layabout!'
  14. 'All sights, all things which are Lhasa's own beauty and peculiarity, would have to be seen by the lone woman explorer who had had the nerve to come to them from afar, the first of her sex.'
  15. 'In any case, I figure he is due the embarrassment given that he had the nerve to compare my beloved Moleskine to his dollar-notebook.'
  16. 'Today very nearly featured a mercy mission to the local hospital, until the patient in question had the nerve to be discharged before Lisa and I could turn up with the grapes.'
  17. '‘She had the nerve to lecture me about morals on the programme and now look at her,’ she said.'
  18. 'I'm glad someone had the nerve to write what they really think.'
  19. 'Most readers will probably think me petty and wonder at how I have had the nerve to bring my personal grievances into the world of scholarly discourse, and yet all of this is very much to the point.'
  20. 'One of them had the nerve to tell me that the election was too close.'
  21. 'Yes, he actually said ‘disassemble’ - and then had the nerve to be snotty about it and define it.'
  22. 'He, that horrible horrible man, had the nerve to nuzzle her neck!'
Feelings of nervousness.
  1. 'I think live radio is a permanent state (damn, here's a taxi bearing down on me) of first-night nerves.'
  2. 'Although only three points short of their 40-point safety target with seven games to play, they are anxious to settle their nerves as quickly as possible.'
  3. 'It is a punishing consequence of their defeat by Greece on the opening day, when their problems were first-night nerves and a lack of competitive-match practice.'
  4. 'Medicated for her nerves, she shakes as she recounts violent attacks she suffered at the hands of the man who once vowed to love, honour and cherish her forever.'
  5. 'He added that a slow striptease over the rehearsal months would help quash first-night nerves.'
  6. 'There were perhaps inevitably some first-night nerves last night, but these were overcome by an excellent display of team spirit.'
  7. 'It is rare, if now surreal, for a reviewer to suffer first night nerves but that was the case for yours truly on Monday night.'
  8. 'A touch of first night nerves hit the more experienced actors hardest, as one might expect but no doubt they disappeared as the week progressed.'
  9. 'But this may have been an attack of literary nerves because he feared the poem would not be taken seriously unless it appeared to hang together as a coherent whole.'
  10. 'The same nerves and tingles that I would get before a game when I was young made me nervous now those same nerves make me excited.'
A prominent unbranched rib in a leaf, especially in the midrib of the leaf of a moss.


    Brace oneself mentally to face a demanding situation.
    1. 'I nerve myself to pursue this contradiction anyway.'
    2. 'I concentrated on an image of Autumn's exquisite, frightened visage, nerving myself.'
    3. 'They flinch at the sound of that laugh, but they keep edging forward, nerving themselves for the final rush.'
    4. 'She developed a particular interest in helping to update the Internet pages and she seemed to be nerving herself to buy her first computer so that she could get on the Internet at home.'
    5. 'Soon this chaos will become the magazine, and to nerve myself up, I'm sipping a take-out coffee.'
    6. 'I was a little alarmed by her at first, but later nerved myself to argue with her.'
    7. 'Now nerve yourself for the revelations in his latest diary.'

    More definitions

    1. one or more bundles of fibers forming part of a system that conveys impulses of sensation, motion, etc., between the brain or spinal cord and other parts of the body.

    2. a sinew or tendon: to strain every nerve.

    3. firmness or courage under trying circumstances: an assignment requiring nerve.

    4. boldness; audacity; impudence; impertinence: He had the nerve to say that?

    5. nerves, nervousness: an attack of nerves.

    6. strength, vigor, or energy: a test of nerve and stamin

    More examples(as adjective)

    "janglings can be nerve."

    "problems can be nerve."


    Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘tendon, sinew’): from Latin nervus; related to Greek neuron ‘nerve’ (see neuron).


    bag (or bundle) of nerves
    get on someone's nerves
    have nerves of steel
    live on one's nerves (or one's nerve ends)
    strain every nerve
    touch (or hit) a nerve (or a raw nerve)
    war of nerves