|1.||a person who tends the sick, injured, or infirm|
|2.||short for nursemaid|
|3.||a woman employed to breast-feed another woman's child; wet nurse|
|4.||a worker in a colony of social insects that takes care of the larvae|
|5.||(also intr) to tend (the sick)|
|6.||(also intr) to feed (a baby) at the breast; suckle|
|7.||to try to cure (an ailment)|
|8.||to clasp carefully or fondly: she nursed the crying child in her arms|
|9.||(also intr) (of a baby) to suckle at the breast (of)|
|10.||to look after (a child) as one's employment|
|11.||to attend to carefully; foster, cherish: he nursed the magazine through its first year; having a very small majority he nursed the constituency diligently|
|12.||to harbour; preserve: to nurse a grudge|
|13.||billiards to keep (the balls) together for a series of cannons|
|[C16: from earlier norice, Old French nourice, from Late Latin nūtrīcia nurse, from Latin nūtrīcius nourishing, from nūtrīre to nourish]|
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.
To serve as a nurse.
To provide or take nourishment from the breast; suckle.