Meaning of nursery

nurs•er•y

Pronunciation: (nûr'su-rē), [key]
— pl. -er•ies.
  1. a room or place set apart for young children.
  2. a nursery school or day nursery.
  3. a place where young trees or other plants are raised for transplanting, for sale, or for experimental study.
  4. any place in which something is bred, nourished, or fostered: The art institute has been the nursery of much great painting.
  5. any situation, condition, circumstance, practice, etc., serving to breed or foster something: Slums are nurseries for young criminals.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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