Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or state of being nervous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being nervous; nervousness.
  • noun In botany, the state of being nerved.

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

  • noun rare Nervousness.

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

  • noun The state of being nervous; nervousness.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin nervōsitās, sinewy strength, from nervōsus, sinewy; see nervous.]

Examples

  • Thereby she gets into increasing difficulties and a certain nervosity, because she simply cannot cope with everything she would and should like to perform, and then loses stamina.

    Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard - Autobiography

  • Almost all the faces about these crowded tables – young or old, plain or handsome, distinguished or average – have the same look of quiet authority: it is as though all "nervosity," fussiness, little personal oddities, meannesses and vulgarities, had been burnt away in a great flame of self-dedication.

    Fighting France

  • Almost all the faces about these crowded tables -- young or old, plain or handsome, distinguished or average -- have the same look of quiet authority: it is as though all "nervosity," fussiness, little personal oddities, meannesses and vulgarities, had been burnt away in a great flame of self-dedication.

    Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort

  • The situation of the Middle East increased the nervosity of the government on this subject.

    China Muzzles Media to Prevent Mideast-Style Protests

  • The situation of the Middle East increased the nervosity of the government on this subject.

    China Muzzles Media to Prevent Mideast-Style Protests

  • But there was a lot of nervosity (ph) and emotion, especially coming from Yoko and Olivia.

    CNN Transcript Mar 29, 2008

  • But there was a lot of nervosity (ph) and emotion, especially coming from Yoko and Olivia.

    CNN Transcript Dec 24, 2007

  • But there was a lot of nervosity (ph) and emotion, especially coming from Yoko and Olivia.

    CNN Transcript Jun 30, 2007

  • But there was a lot of nervosity (ph) and emotion, especially coming from Yoko and Olivia.

    CNN Transcript Jun 29, 2007

  • But there was a lot of nervosity (ph) and emotion, especially coming from Yoko and Olivia.

    CNN Transcript Jun 26, 2007

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