nerve

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nerve is part of the Basic English 850.

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
nerve

Plural
nerves

A nerve cell
A detailed nerve cell
  1. (countable) A nerve is a cell in the body that sends signals. The brain is made of nerves.
    She can't feel anything with this arm, and can't move her arm, because the nerves were cut in an accident.
  2. (uncountable) Nerve is confidence: a feeling of being able to do something.
    He didn't have the nerve to ask her to dance.
    You had a lot of nerve, saying that to me! Go away!