Never the neer, never the nearer; no nearer. [Obs.]
(Ner"re) adv. & a. [See Near.] Nearer. [Obs.] [Written also neer, ner.] Chaucer.
(Nerv"ate) a. (Bot.) Nerved.
(Ner*va"tion) n. The arrangement of nerves and veins, especially those of leaves; neuration.
The outlines of the fronds of ferns, and their nervation, are frail characters if employed alone for the
determination of existing genera.J. D. Hooker.
(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.
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,Milton.
Above the nerve of mortal arm.
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. (Zoöl.) 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.
Nerve fiber (Anat.), one of the fibers of which nerves are made up. These fibers are either medullated
or nonmedullated. in both kinds the essential part is the translucent threadlike axis cylinder which is
continuous the whole length of the fiber. Nerve stretching (Med.), the operation of stretching a
nerve in order to remedy diseases such as tetanus, which are supposed to be influenced by the condition
of the nerve or its connections.
(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.
1. Having nerves of a special character; as, weak- nerved.
2. (Bot.) Having nerves, or simple and parallel ribs or veins. Gray.
1. Destitute of nerves.
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