- 1A person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital: a team of doctors and nurses a psychiatric nurseMore example sentences
- To be valuable health care practitioners, nurses must commit to lifelong learning.
- The circulating perioperative nurse applies warm blankets to the patient to prevent hypothermia.
- The charity also employs oncology care nurses at key hospitals throughout Ireland.
- 1.1 • dated A person employed or trained to take charge of young children: her mother’s old nurseMore example sentences
- She takes refuge with her old nurse, Denis's mother, and Denis falls in love with her little daughter Agnes.
- There, her old nurse recognizes the goblet, which the trolls had stolen when they abducted her long ago.
- But Canada's nanny is not just the caring nurse; she's also a strict governess.
- 1.2 • archaic A wet nurse.More example sentences
- Henry III sent his old nurse, Helen of Winchester, underwood for her fire.
- 2 Entomology A worker bee, ant, or other social insect, caring for a young brood.More example sentences
- Nurse bees are special worker bees that attend the queen and the babies, or larvae, of the hive.
- To gain access to the cell, she'll ride the belly side of a nurse bee, which is onsite to tend to the bee larva.
- 2.1 [often as modifier] Forestry A tree or crop planted as a shelter to others: these plants grow beneath nurse trees such as oakMore example sentences
- In this situation, we plant the hay seed into a nurse crop of winter wheat or spring oats.
- If all of this is true, then to try starting any hay crop without chemicals, tillage or nurse crops will most likely end in failure.
- He also offers a few thoughts on mixing nurse crops with your cover crops.
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- 1Give medical and other attention to (a sick person): he was gradually nursed back to healthMore example sentences
- Later, when Pip falls sick, Joe nurses him back to health and pays off all of his debts.
- During her first and second years at medical school Patrice nursed her own mother, who had terminal breast cancer.
- The procedure also made it possible to discover that she developed these symptoms while she was nursing her sick father, something that was unknown to her.
- 1.1 [no object] Work as a nurse: she nursed at the hospital for thirty yearsMore example sentences
- A good few nurses who come here to work have some nursing experience, having nursed in hospitals abroad.
- Sandra, whose parents, Alan and Violet Beattie still live at Langton Park, nursed in the Mater Hospital, Dublin before doing agency nursing in Naas.
- In that same year a Fever Hospital, Infirmary and Dispensary were incorporated into the workhouse buildings and the Saint John of God nuns began nursing in the hospital.
- 1.2Try to cure or alleviate (an injury, injured part, or illness) by treating it carefully and protectively: he has been nursing a cold • figurative he nursed his hurt prideMore example sentences
- He's not the type of player to nurse an injury, so the team should be careful with how it uses him.
- Dale Heidtmann is still nursing a foot injury but lock Phillip Schutte returns to the reserve bench.
- Day after day, I nursed the wound, looking forward to healing, but pus continued to drain from the incision site, helped by the wick that I had thoughtfully inserted.
- 1.3Harbour (a belief or feeling), especially for a long time: he still nursed a secret desire to try and make amendsMore example sentences
- Many Democratic voters have nursed feelings of anger and disenfranchisement for the past four years.
- I nursed a secret longing to explore such places but the only reason I was ever allowed to climb another man's fence was if there was no bush handy to address a roadside bathroom emergency.
- For days, Miss Nellie nursed a feeling of neglect.
- 1.4Take special care of, especially to promote development or well-being: our political unity needs to be protected and nursedMore example sentences
- This is the right moment to nurse it with care and concern, instead of leaving the youngsters frustrated.
- Instead of developing players to international level, Scotland's pro teams have had to nurse youngsters up to a basic competitive standard which some never reach.
- Benn recounts how, as his own death sentence appeared to lift, he nursed Caroline through terminal breast cancer.
- 2Feed (a baby) at the breast: (as adjective nursing) nursing mothersMore example sentences
- It begins in 1981 with a phone call at Christmas from a cycling track in Germany to an apartment in Ghent, Belgium, where a mother is nursing her infant son.
- For instance, the oral stage can be seen as the emergence of symbolic capacity, in the complex biological matrix of a mother nursing her infant.
- The mother often nurses an infant until the age of two.
- 2.1 [no object] Be fed at the breast: the baby snuffled as he nursedMore example sentences
- The cub nursed at her breast with as little fear as the young child newly born she had left behind at home.
- If your baby is premature or can't nurse right away after birth, you may have to feed the baby in other ways.
- Placing very young children, especially nursing infants, with foster caretakers implied payment for the service.
- 3Hold closely and carefully or caressingly: he nursed his small case on his lapMore example sentences
- Tracking back in support of his besieged full-back, Arjen Robben seemed in control as he nursed the ball towards the end-line and used his superior size to hold off Messi.
- We figured we would just nurse the ball and get into field goal position.
- 3.1Hold (a drink), sipping it occasionally: I nursed a double brandyMore example sentences
- During his wait, Perez ordered himself a Bloody Mary and he was nursing the drink, sipping occasionally as he waited for Tan Ludlow.
- After seven or eight bourbon and cokes in about an hour I started nursing my drinks because even in my inebriated state I valued my liver more than my pride at never getting outdrunk by a girl.
- Sad to say, but I've been becoming a leather jacket wearing guy standing at the back of the venue, nursing my drink.
- 4 Billiards & Snooker Try to play strokes which keep (the balls) close together.More example sentences
- There is no doubt perioperative registered nursing is a worthy career that we need to recognize.
late Middle English: contraction of earlier nourice, from Old French, from late Latin nutricia, feminine of Latin nutricius '(person) that nourishes', from nutrix, nutric- 'nurse', from nutrire 'nourish'. The verb was originally a contraction of nourish, altered under the influence of the noun.
- A greyish Australian shark of shallow inshore waters. Compare with nurse shark, nurse hound.
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- Odontaspis arenarius, family Odontaspididae
- Here a grey nurse shark gets among the baitfish.
- Sand tiger sharks, known as the ‘grey nurse’ in Australia, have three rows of fierce-looking teeth, yellow eyes, a pointed snout, large and fleshy fins, and can reach lengths of ten feet or more.
late 15th century: originally as nusse, perhaps derived (by wrong division) from an huss (see huss).