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Definition of Nerve


  1. 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.
  2. A sinew or a tendon.
  3. Physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control; constitutional vigor.
  4. Steadiness and firmness of mind; self-command in personal danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution.
  5. Audacity; assurance.
  6. 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. One of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of insects.
  8. To give strength or vigor to; to supply with force; as, fear nerved his arm.

Nerve Quotations

Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.
J. K. Rowling

In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.
Christopher Morley

What I want to know is how the white man, with the blood of black people dripping off his fingers, can have the audacity to be asking black people, 'Do they hate him?' That takes a lot of nerve.
Malcolm X

Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies.
Howard Thurman

Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.
Alan Alda
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Nerve Translations

nerve in Danish is nerve
nerve in Dutch is zenuw
nerve in French is nerf
nerve in German is Nerv, nerven
nerve in Italian is nervo
nerve in Portuguese is nervo
nerve in Spanish is nervio
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