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nerve

nerve

 
pronunciation:
nuhrv
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: any of numerous bundles of fibers forming a system that carries stimuli and impulses to and from the brain and other parts of the body.
similar words:
ganglion, neuron
definition 2: patience, courage, or strength.
synonyms:
backbone, courage, guts, pluck, spunk, tenacity
similar words:
balls, bravery, grit, mettle, prowess
definition 3: (informal) audacity.
She has nerve to say that.
synonyms:
audacity, boldness, brashness, brass, gall, guts
similar words:
check, courage, effrontery, impudence, insolence, presumption
definition 4: acute sensitivity, as to a particular issue or subject.
The speaker's comment touched a nerve.
definition 5: (pl.) nervous agitation.
The bad news brought on his attack of nerves.
synonyms:
agitation, anxiety, disturbance, jitters, perturbation, worry
similar words:
apprehension, disquiet, distress, neurosis, strain, stress, tension, trepidation
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: nerved, nerves, nerving
definition: to offer or give courage and strength to.
synonyms:
bolster, embolden, encourage, fortify, hearten, inspirit, invigorate, steel
antonyms:
unnerve
similar words:
arm, brace, buoy, rally
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conventionally associated with nerves
groups of nerves
some actions of nerves
some body parts associated with nerves
some conditions related to nerves
some descriptions of nerves
some kinds of nerves
some parts of nerves
some things nerves sense