American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person educated and trained to care for the sick or disabled.
- n. A woman employed to take care of a child; a nursemaid.
- n. A woman employed to suckle children other than her own; a wet nurse.
- n. One that serves as a nurturing or fostering influence or means: "Town life is the nurse of civilization” ( C.L.R. James).
- n. Zoology A worker ant or bee that feeds and cares for the colony's young.
- v. To serve as a nurse for: nursed the patient back to health.
- v. To cause or allow to take milk from the breast: a mother nursing her baby.
- v. To feed at the breast of; suckle.
- v. To try to cure by special care or treatment: nurse a cough with various remedies.
- v. To treat carefully, especially in order to prevent pain: He nursed his injured knee by shifting his weight to the other leg.
- v. To manage or guide carefully; look after with care; foster: nursed her business through the depression. See Synonyms at nurture.
- v. To bear privately in the mind: nursing a grudge.
- v. To consume slowly, especially in order to conserve: nursed one drink all evening.
- v. To serve as a nurse.
- v. To take nourishment from the breast; suckle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who nourishes or suckles an infant; specifically, a woman who suckles the infant of another: commonly called a wet-nurse; also, a female servant who has the core of a child or of children.
- n. Hence, one who or that which nurtures, trains, cherishes, or protects.
- n. One who has the care of a sick or infirm person, as an attendant in a hospital.
- n. In the United States navy, a sick-bay attendant, formerly called loblolly-boy.
- n. The state of being nursed or in the care of a nurse: as, to put out a child to nurse.
- n. In horticulture, a shrub or tree which protects a young plant.
- n. In ichthyology, a name of various sharks of inactive habits, which rest for a long time or bask in the water. A shark of the family Scymnidæ, Somniosus or Læmargus microcephalus. It is common in the arctic and subarctic seas, and attains a length of 20 feet; it has a robust body, the first dorsal fin far in advance of the ventrals, the upper teeth narrow and the lower quadrate, with horizontal ridge ending in a point.
- n. A blastozoöid. See the quotation.
- n. In brewing, a cask of hot or cold water immersed in wort. See the quotation.
- n. A nurse-frog.
- To suckle; nourish at the breast; feed and tend generally in infancy.
- To rear; nurture; bring up.
- To tend in sickness or infirmity; take care of: as, to nurse an invalid or an aged person.
- To promote growth or vigor in; encourage; foster; care for with the intent or effect of promoting growth, increase, development, etc.
- To caress; fondle; dandle.
- To Cheat.
- Synonyms Nourish, etc. See nurture, v. t.
- To act as nurse; specifically, to suckle a child: as, a nursing woman.
- n. In entomology, one of the worker-ants or worker-bees whose function in the colony is to care for the young brood.
- In billiards, formerly, to make a number of consecutive caroms, as rapid as dainty, off (balls) held but an inch or two apart. In addition, nursing now comprehends perhaps 65 per cent. of the scientific manœuvering imposed by the balk-line games. Until straight-rail play was developed in 1876–78, adroit players sought to do all their caroming at either end of the table. It was so with all the exceptional runs. Straight-rail play was quickly frowned upon, and end-play came into use again; but the ‘anchor’ (see
anchored, 4) which was developed was abolished even more quickly than the straight-rail. Three maxims underlie all of modern billiards not played for diversion: never drive the second object-ball; drive the first no oftener than is urgently needful; and make the cue-ball's journeys as short as possible.
- n. archaic A wet-nurse.
- n. A person (usually a woman) who takes care of other people’s young.
- n. A person trained to provide care for the sick.
- v. to breast feed
- v. to care for the sick
- v. to treat kindly and with extra care
- v. to drink slowly
- v. to foster, to nourish
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like.
- n. (Naut.) A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place.
- n. A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercariæ by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and Redia.
- n. Either one of the nurse sharks.
- v. To nourish; to cherish; to foster.
- v. To nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant.
- v. To take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon.
- v. 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.
- v. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase.
- v. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does.
- v. give suck to
- n. a woman who is the custodian of children
- v. try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury
- n. one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)
- v. serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
- v. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
- v. treat carefully
- Variant form of the archaic nourice, from Old French norrice, from Latin nutricius ("that nourishes"), from nutrix ("wet nurse"), from nutrire ("to suckle"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English norice, nurse, wet nurse, from Old French norrice, from Vulgar Latin *nutrīcia, from Late Latin nūtrīcia, from feminine of Latin nūtrīcius, that suckles, from nūtrīx, nūtrīc-, wet nurse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This nurse is a good, all around medical professional.”
“First browse and I learn that deafness in a nurse is an evil to be avoided, she won't hear when you call for her at night.”
“Also given the fact that yes, doctors sometimes do make mistakes as do pharmacists and the nurse is the one giving the meds, it is my responsibility too to know if the med I am giving is okay to give and that the dose is right.”
“Make sure the nurse is aware of the time lapse before receiving the next injection.”
“Lorig Charkoudian, a Maryland mom, organized what she called a nurse-in at a Starbucks near her home.”
“Nay, I became recklessly gay the last night, and dressed myself in what I termed my nurse's uniform, a dark-navy blue cambric, and then went down to show myself to Uncle Keith, who was reading aloud the paper to Aunt Agatha.”
“And, in the preceding notes, the term nurse is used indiscriminately for amateur and professional nurses.”
“By this I do not mean that the nurse is always to blame.”
“If the nurse is an intelligent being, and not a mere carrier of diets to and from the patient, let her exercise her intelligence in these things.”
“Of course, if a nurse is constantly pressing her religious opinions on patients who do not want to hear about them, then that would be a matter for disciplinary action.”
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