Meaning of nerve
Pronunciation: (nûrv), [key]
— n., v., nerved, nerv•ing.
- 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.
- a sinew or tendon: to strain every nerve.
- firmness or courage under trying circumstances: an assignment requiring nerve.
- boldness; audacity; impudence; impertinence: He had the nerve to say that?
- nervousness: an attack of nerves.
- strength, vigor, or energy: a test of nerve and stamina.
- (not in technical use) pulp tissue of a tooth.
- a vein, as in a leaf.
- a line, or one of a system of lines, extending across something.
- to irritate, annoy, or provoke one: Boisterous children get on my nerves.
- to give strength, vigor, or courage to: Encouragement had nerved him for the struggle.
- nerve (Thesaurus)