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Definition of Nurse


  1. One who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or brings up; as: (a) A woman who has the care of young children; especially, one who suckles an infant not her own. (b) A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the sick or infirm.
  2. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like.
  3. A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place.
  4. A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and Redia.
  5. Either one of the nurse sharks.
  6. To nourish; to cherish; to foster
  7. To nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant.
  8. To take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon.
  9. To bring up; to raise, by care, from a weak or invalid condition; to foster; to cherish; -- applied to plants, animals, and to any object that needs, or thrives by, attention.
  10. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources.
  11. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does.

Nurse Quotations

Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.
Henry David Thoreau

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
Dag Hammarskjold

How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they're giving you an enema.
Warren Beatty

As a comic and as a nurse, it's important to look calm on the surface when you're absolutely crapping yourself inside. So, if someone is waving a machete at you, which has happened to me when I was a nurse, it's important to make that person feel that you're in control.
Jo Brand

When I was in the hospital they gave me apple juice every morning, even after I told them I didn't like it. I had to get even. One morning, I poured the apple juice into the specimen tube. The nurse held it up and said, 'It's a little cloudy.' I took the tube from her and said, 'Let me run it through again,' and drank it. The nurse fainted.
Alan King
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Nurse Translations

nurse in Afrikaans is verpleeg, suster, verpleegster
nurse in Danish is sygeplejerske, se after, pleje
nurse in Dutch is verzorgen, zorgen voor, verplegen
nurse in Finnish is hoitaa
nurse in Italian is allattamento, coltivare, badare
nurse in Norwegian is sykepleierske
nurse in Portuguese is enfermeira
nurse in Spanish is enfermera, acostumbrar

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