Definition of Nervous

1. Adjective. Easily agitated. "A nervous thoroughbred"

Similar to: Tense
Derivative terms: Nervousness

2. Adjective. Causing or fraught with or showing anxiety. "An unquiet mind"
Exact synonyms: Anxious, Queasy, Uneasy, Unquiet
Similar to: Troubled
Derivative terms: Anxiousness, Nervousness, Nervousness, Queasiness, Uneasiness

3. Adjective. Of or relating to the nervous system. "Neural disorder"
Exact synonyms: Neural
Derivative terms: Nerve
Partainyms: Nervous System, Nervous System

4. Adjective. Excited in anticipation.
Exact synonyms: Aflutter
Similar to: Excited
Derivative terms: Nervousness

5. Adjective. Unpredictably excitable (especially of horses).
Exact synonyms: Flighty, Skittish, Spooky
Similar to: Excitable
Derivative terms: Nervousness, Skittishness

Definition of Nervous

1. a. possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous.

Definition of Nervous

1. Adjective. Easily agitated or alarmed; on edge or edgy. ¹

2. Adjective. Apprehensive, anxious, hesitant, worried. ¹

3. Adjective. Relating to or affecting the nerves. ¹

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Definition of Nervous

1. easily excited [adj]

Medical Definition of Nervous

1. 1. Possessing nerve; sinewy; strong; vigorous. "Nervous arms." 2. Possessing or manifesting vigor of mind; characterised by strength in sentiment or style; forcible; spirited; as, a nervous writer. 3. Of or pertaining to the nerves; seated in the nerves; as, nervous excitement; a nervous fever. 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. "Our aristocratic class does not firmly protest against the unfair treatment of Irish Catholics, because it is nervous about the land." (M. Arnold) Nervous fever, the specialized coordinating 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. In Appendix. Nervous temperament, a condition of body characterised by a general predominance of mental manifestations. Origin: L. Nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. Nerveux. See Nerve. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nervous

nervonic acid
nervous (current term)
nervous as a cat
nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs
nervous asthenopia
nervous asthma
nervous breakdown
nervous breakdowns
nervous colon syndrome
nervous disorder
nervous dyspepsia
nervous exhaustion
nervous hit
nervous indigestion
nervous lobe
nervous lobe of hypophysis

Literary usage of Nervous

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1870)
"nervous TISSUE. The nervous substance is again divided into two different systems. ... The nervous Tissue is composed chiefly of two different structures, ..."

2. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Second, it may be carried to the natural outlet of all nervous excitations, ... We may therefore say that, (directly or indirectly, all incoming nervous ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"F. Diseases of the nervous System Due to Disturbances of the Lumen The lumen of the central nervous system consists of the central canal of the spinal cord, ..."

4. Diet in Health and Disease by Julius Friedenwald, John Ruhräh (1907)
"The former idea that nervous changes affected metabolism in a manner ... The diseases of the nervous system influence the metabolism in different ways, ..."

5. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1843)
"On the Structure, Relations, and Development of the nervous and Circulatory Systems, and on the Existence of a Complete Circulation of the Blood in Vessels, ..."

6. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1903)
"Recently the anatomy and the histology of the nervous system have been much studied, ... We are specially ignorant of the nature of nervous conduction. ..."

7. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"No doubt he absolutely rejects the transmission of any magnetic or vital fluid, but he recognizes that the magnetic sleep is mainly of a nervous kind. ..."

8. Proceedings of the ... Annual Convention by Religious Education Association (1907)
"Back of all our education of human beings is the nervous machine through ... If that nervous machine is of good quality in the elements that compose it, ..."

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