To nurse billiard balls, to strike them gently and so as to keep them in good position during a series of caroms.

(Nurse"hound`) n. (Zoöl.) See Houndfish.

(Nurse"maid`) n. A girl employed to attend children.

(Nurse"pond`), n. A pond where fish are fed. Walton.

(Nurs"er) n. One who nurses; a nurse; one who cherishes or encourages growth.

(Nurs"er*y) n.; pl. Nurseries [Cf. F. nourricerie.]

1. The act of nursing. [Obs.] "Her kind nursery." Shak.

2. The place where nursing is carried on; as: (a) The place, or apartment, in a house, appropriated to the care of children. (b) A place where young trees, shrubs, vines, etc., are propagated for the purpose of transplanting; a plantation of young trees. (c) The place where anything is fostered and growth promoted. "Fair Padua, nursery of arts." Shak.

Christian families are the nurseries of the church on earth, as she is the nursery of the church in heaven.
J. M. Mason.

(d) That which forms and educates; as, commerce is the nursery of seamen.

3. That which is nursed. [R.] Milton.

(Nurs"er*y*man) n.; pl. Nurserymen One who cultivates or keeps a nursery, or place for rearing trees, etc.

(Nurs"ing), a. Supplying or taking nourishment from, or as from, the breast; as, a nursing mother; a nursing infant.

(Nurs"ling) n. [Nurse + - ling.] One who, or that which, is nursed; an infant; a fondling.

I was his nursling once, and choice delight.

(Nurs"tle) v. t. To nurse. See Noursle. [Obs.]

(Nur"ture) n. [OE. norture, noriture, OF. norriture, norreture, F. nourriture, fr. L. nutritura a nursing, suckling. See Nourish.]

1. The act of nourishing or nursing; thender care; education; training.

A man neither by nature nor by nurture wise.

2. That which nourishes; food; diet. Spenser.

(Nur"ture) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nurtured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Nurturing.]

1. To feed; to nourish.

2. To educate; to bring or train up.

He was nurtured where he had been born.
Sir H. Wotton.

4. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does. A. Trollope.

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