Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of nerve.
  • adj. Having one or more principal veins, especially of a leaf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having nerves of a special character.
  • adj. Having nerves, or simple and parallel ribs or veins.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.

Etymologies

nerve +‎ -ed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

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

    A PIECE OF STEAK

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

    CHAPTER XXV

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

    The Mexican

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

    CHAPTER 11

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

    Chapter 5

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

    THE UNEXPECTED

  • But in the end the Factor won the silent victory, and his kindness plus his great muscles and square jaw, nerved her to disregard Snettishane's call.

    THE MARRIAGE TO LIT-LIT

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