Syn. To nourish; nurse; cherish; bring up; educate; tend. To Nurture, Nourish, Cherish. Nourish
denotes to supply with food, or cause to grow; as, to nourish a plant, to nourish rebellion. To nurture
is to train up with a fostering care, like that of a mother; as, to nurture into strength; to nurture in sound
principles. To cherish is to hold and treat as dear; as, to cherish hopes or affections.
(Nus"tle) v. t. [Cf. Nuzzle.] To fondle; to cherish. [Obs.]
(Nut) n. [OE. nute, note, AS. hnutu; akin to D. noot, G. nuss, OHG. nuz, Icel. hnot, Sw. nöt,
1. (Bot.) The fruit of certain trees and shrubs consisting of a hard and indehiscent shell inclosing a
2. A perforated block (usually a small piece of metal), provided with an internal or female screw thread,
used on a bolt, or screw, for tightening or holding something, or for transmitting motion. See Illust. of
3. The tumbler of a gunlock. Knight.
4. (Naut.) A projection on each side of the shank of an anchor, to secure the stock in place.
Check nut, Jam nut, Lock nut, a nut which is screwed up tightly against another nut on the same
bolt or screw, in order to prevent accidental unscrewing of the first nut. Nut buoy. See under Buoy.
Nut coal, screened coal of a size smaller than stove coal and larger than pea coal; called also
chestnut coal. - - Nut crab (Zoöl.), any leucosoid crab of the genus Ebalia as, Ebalia tuberosa of
Europe. Nut grass (Bot.), a plant of the Sedge family (Cyperus rotundus, var. Hydra), which has
slender rootstocks bearing small, nutlike tubers, by which the plant multiplies exceedingly, especially
in cotton fields. Nut lock, a device, as a metal plate bent up at the corners, to prevent a nut from
becoming unscrewed, as by jarring. Nut pine. (Bot.) See under Pine. Nut rush (Bot.), a
genus of cyperaceous plants (Scleria) having a hard bony achene. Several species are found in the
United States and many more in tropical regions. Nut tree, a tree that bears nuts. Nut weevil
(Zoöl.), any species of weevils of the genus Balaninus and other allied genera, which in the larval state
live in nuts.
(Nut), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Nutted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Nutting.] To gather nuts.