nerve [-s] n

L. nerv-us, sinew, tendon, bow-string.

  1. Sensory organs; brain fibers throughout the body.
  2. Agony; painful sensations.
  3. Strength; force; authority.
  4. Sinew; tendon.
  5. Bundle of sensations; fibers that convey impulses between the brain and the rest of the body; [fig.] capacity for feeling.
  6. Fortitude; courage; firmness of mind.