/nerrv/ , n. , v. , nerved, nerving .
1. one or more bundles of fibers forming part of a system that conveys impulses of sensation, motion, etc., between the brain or spinal cord and other parts of the body.
2. a sinew or tendon: to strain every nerve.
3. firmness or courage under trying circumstances: an assignment requiring nerve.
4. boldness; audacity; impudence; impertinence: He had the nerve to say that?
5. nerves , nervousness: an attack of nerves.
6. strength, vigor, or energy: a test of nerve and stamina.
7. (not in technical use) pulp tissue of a tooth.
8. Bot. a vein, as in a leaf.
9. a line, or one of a system of lines, extending across something.
10. get on one's nerves , to irritate, annoy, or provoke one: Boisterous children get on my nerves.
11. to give strength, vigor, or courage to: Encouragement had nerved him for the struggle.
[ 1350-1400; ME: nerve, tendon nervus sinew, tendon; akin to Gk neûron (see NEURON); r. ME nerf ]
Syn. 3. steadfastness, intrepidity, fortitude, resolution. 6. power, force, might. 11. strengthen, fortify, invigorate, steel, brace.
Ant. 6. weakness. 11. weaken.