There are 2 definitions of nurse in English:

nurse1

Syllabification: nurse
Pronunciation: /nərs
 
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noun

  • 1A person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital.
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    • 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.
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  • 1.1 dated A person employed or trained to take charge of young children: her mother’s old nurse
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    • 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.
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  • 1.2 archaic A wet nurse.
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    • Henry III sent his old nurse, Helen of Winchester, underwood for her fire.
  • 1.3 [often as modifier] Forestry A tree or crop planted as a shelter to others.
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    • 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.
  • 1.4 Entomology A worker bee, ant, or other social insect, caring for a young brood.
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    • 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.

verb

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  • 1Give medical and other attention to (a sick person): she nursed the girl through a dangerous illness
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    • 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.
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  • 1.1 [no object] Care for the sick and infirm, especially as a profession: she nursed at the hospital for thirty years
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    • 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 pride
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    • 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.
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    treat, medicate, tend; dress, bandage, soothe, doctor
  • 1.3Hold closely and carefully or caressingly: he nursed his small case on his lap
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    • 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.
  • 1.4Hold (a cup or glass) in one’s hands, drinking from it occasionally: I nursed a double brandy
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    • 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.
  • 1.5Harbor (a belief or feeling), especially for a long time: I still nurse anger and resentment
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    • 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.
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    harbor, foster, entertain, bear, have, hold (on to), cherish, cling to, retain
  • 1.6Take special care of, especially to promote development or well-being: our political unity needs to be protected and nursed
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    • 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.
  • 1.7 Billiards Try to play strokes that keep (the balls) close together.
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    • There is no doubt perioperative registered nursing is a worthy career that we need to recognize.
  • 2Feed (a baby) at the breast: lionesses who were nursing their own cubs (as adjective nursing) nursing mothers
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    • 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.
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    breastfeed, suckle, feed; wet-nurse
  • 2.1 [no object] Be fed at the breast: the baby snuffled as he nursed
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    • 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.
  • 2.2 (be nursed in) • dated Be brought up in (a specified condition): he was nursed in the lap of plenty

Origin

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.

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(also grey nurse)

noun

  • A greyish Australian shark of shallow inshore waters. Compare with nurse shark, nurse hound.
    • Odontaspis arenarius, family Odontaspididae

Origin

late 15th century: originally as nusse, perhaps derived (by wrong division) from an huss (see huss).

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