a person formally educated and trained in the care of the sick or infirm.
Compare nurse-midwife, nurse-practitioner, physician’s assistant, practical nurse, registered nurse.
a woman who has the general care of a child or children; dry nurse.
a woman employed to suckle an infant; wet nurse.
any fostering agency or influence.
Entomology. a worker that attends the young in a colony of social insects.
Billiards. the act of maintaining the position of billiard balls in preparation for a carom.
verb (used with object), nursed, nursing.
to tend or minister to in sickness, infirmity, etc.
to try to cure (an ailment) by taking care of oneself:
to nurse a cold.
to look after carefully so as to promote growth, development, etc.; foster; cherish:
to nurse one’s meager talents.
to treat or handle with adroit care in order to further one’s own interests:
to nurse one’s nest egg.
to use, consume, or dispense very slowly or carefully:
He nursed the one drink all evening.
to keep steadily in mind or memory:
He nursed a grudge against me all the rest of his life.
to suckle (an infant).
to feed and tend in infancy.
to bring up, train, or nurture.
to clasp or handle carefully or fondly:
to nurse a plate of food on one’s lap.
Billiards. to maintain the position of (billiard balls) for a series of caroms.
verb (used without object), nursed, nursing.
to suckle a child, especially one’s own.
(of a child) to suckle:
The child did not nurse after he was three months old.
to act as nurse; tend the sick or infirm.
a person who tends the sick, injured, or infirm
short for nursemaid
a woman employed to breast-feed another woman’s child; wet nurse
a worker in a colony of social insects that takes care of the larvae
verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to tend (the sick)
(also intransitive) to feed (a baby) at the breast; suckle
to try to cure (an ailment)
to clasp carefully or fondly: she nursed the crying child in her arms
(also intransitive) (of a baby) to suckle at the breast (of)
to look after (a child) as one’s employment
to attend to carefully; foster, cherish: he nursed the magazine through its first year, having a very small majority he nursed the constituency diligently
to harbour; preserve: to nurse a grudge
(billiards) to keep (the balls) together for a series of cannons
A person trained to care for the sick or disabled, especially one educated in the scientific basis of human response to health problems and trained to assist a physician.
A wet nurse.
An individual who cares for an infant or young child.
v. nursed, nurs·ing, nurs·es
To serve as a nurse.
To provide or take nourishment from the breast; suckle.
To consume one’s drink slowly: He ordered a highball and nursed it all evening (1942+)
To handle or drive slowly and carefully: I nursed it away from the curb and went out Main Street (1980s+)
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