from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having nerves; especially, having nerves of a specified character. Specifically
  • In botany, ribbed: applied to leaves having fibrovascular bundles ramifying through them, like veins or nerves in the animal structure. Also nervous. See nervation.
  • In entomology, having nervures or veins: applied to the wings of insects.
  • In heraldry, having nerves, as a leaf: said of a leaf when the nerves and veins are of a different tincture from the rest of the leaf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having nerves of a special character.
  • adjective (Bot.) Having nerves, or simple and parallel ribs or veins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of nerve.
  • adjective botany Having one or more principal veins, especially of a leaf.


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nerve +‎ -ed


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  • The cry that issued from the Southron troops at this sight again nerved the vengeful Edward; and ordering the signal for his reserve to advance, he renewed the attack; and assaulting Wallace, with all the fury of his heart in his eyes and arms, he tore the earth with the trampling of disappointed vengeance, when he found the invincible phalanx still stood firm.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • The name nerved me, as blood knits the sinews of the tiger.

    The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse

  • Scores of times I nerved myself almost to the point of asking her, but never quite reached the necessary pitch of effrontery.

    Chapter 5

  • He nerved himself for the blow, but it was not heavy enough nor swift enough.


  • She had nerved herself for the last culminating ordeal, and his remark was like a blow to her self-possession.


  • He nerved himself to the attempt, but weakened as the man closed in on him, and dodged away.

    CHAPTER 11

  • Whither that frost-nerved, diamond-fanged hustler who'd stormed Normandy, dick-smacked the Soviets, turned out such firm emerging market flesh?

    Excerpt: The Ask by Sam Lipsyte

  • “Anything the matter?” he finally nerved himself to ask.


  • He nerved himself for the blow, but it was not heavy enough nor swift enough.


  • He, who was more delicately coordinated, more finely nerved and strung than any of them, had no nerves of this sort.

    The Mexican


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