Definitions for: Nurse

[n] a woman who is the custodian of children
[n] one skilled in caring for the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)
[v] try to cure by special care of treatment, of an illness or injury; "He nursed his cold with Chinese herbs"
[v] give suck to; "The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"
[v] maintain; as of a theory, thoughts, or feelings; "bear a grudge"; "hold a grudge"
[v] treat carefully; "He nursed his injured back by liyng in bed several hours every afternoon"; "He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly"
[v] serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people

Webster (1913) Definition: Nurse, n. [OE. nourse, nurice, norice, OF. nurrice,
norrice, nourrice, F. nourrice, fr. L. nutricia nurse, prop.,
fem. of nutricius that nourishes; akin to nutrix, -icis,
nurse, fr. nutrire to nourish. See Nourish, and cf.
1. One who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or
brings up; as:
(a) A woman who has the care of young children;
especially, one who suckles an infant not her own.
(b) A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the
sick or infirm.

2. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow,
trains, fosters, or the like.

The nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise.

3. (Naut.) A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real
commander when the captain is unfit for his place.

4. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces
cercari[ae] by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria,
and Redia.
(b) Either one of the nurse sharks.

Nurse shark. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A large arctic shark (Somniosus microcephalus),
having small teeth and feeble jaws; -- called also
sleeper shark, and ground shark.
(b) A large shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum), native of
the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico, having the dorsal
fins situated behind the ventral fins.

To put to nurse, or To put out to nurse, to send away to
be nursed; to place in the care of a nurse.

Wet nurse, Dry nurse. See Wet nurse, and Dry nurse,
in the Vocabulary.

Nurse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nursed; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To nourish; to cherish; to foster; as:
(a) To nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend,
as an infant.
(b) To take care of or tend, as a sick person or an
invalid; to attend upon.

Sons wont to nurse their parents in old age.

Him in Egerian groves Aricia bore, And nursed
his youth along the marshy shore. --Dryden.

2. To bring up; to raise, by care, from a weak or invalid
condition; to foster; to cherish; -- applied to plants,
animals, and to any object that needs, or thrives by,
attention. ``To nurse the saplings tall.'' --Milton.

By what hands [has vice] been nursed into so
uncontrolled a dominion? --Locke.

3. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase;
as, to nurse our national resources.

4. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does. --A. Trollope.

To nurse billiard balls, to strike them gently and so as to
keep them in good position during a series of caroms.

Synonyms: breastfeed, entertain, give suck, harbor, harbour, hold, lactate, nanny, nursemaid, suck, suckle, wet-nurse

Antonyms: bottlefeed

See Also: accoucheuse, adult female, amah, care, care for, caregiver, Cavell, do by, dry nurse, Edith Cavell, Edith Louisa Cavell, experience, feed, feel, Florence Nightingale, give, give care, graduate nurse, handle, head nurse, health care provider, health professional, keeper, licensed practical nurse, LPN, mammy, Margaret Higgins Sanger, Margaret Sanger, matron, midwife, Nightingale, nurse-patient relation, practical nurse, probationer, registered nurse, RN, Sanger, scrub nurse, student nurse, the Lady with the Lamp, trained nurse, treat, treat, visiting nurse, wet nurse, woman

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