Nerv"ous(nrv"s), a. [L. nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. nerveux. See Nerve.] 1. Possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous. "Nervous arms." Pope.
2. Possessing or manifesting vigor of mind; characterized by strength in sentiment or style; forcible; spirited; as, a
3. Of or pertaining to the nerves; seated in the nerves; as,
nervous excitement; a
4. Having the nerves weak, diseased, or easily excited; subject to, or suffering from, undue excitement of the nerves; easily agitated or annoyed.
Poor, weak, nervous creatures.Cheyne.
5. Sensitive; excitable; timid.
6. Apprehensive; as, a child
nervous about his mother's reaction to his bad report card.
Our aristocratic class does not firmly protest against the unfair treatment of Irish Catholics, because it is nervous about the land.M. Arnold.
(Med.), a low form of fever characterized by great disturbance of the nervous system, as evinced by delirium, or stupor, disordered sensibility, etc. --
(Anat.), the specialized cordinating apparatus which endows animals with sensation and volition. In vertebrates it is often divided into three systems: the central, brain and spinal cord; the peripheral, cranial and spinal nerves; and the sympathetic. See Brain, Nerve,
Spinal cord, under Spinal, and
Sympathetic system, under Sympathetic, and Illust. in Appendix. --
Nervous temperament, a condition of body characterized by a general predominance of mental manifestations.
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