Definition for NERV'OUS

NERV'OUS, a. [L. nervosus.]

  1. Strong; vigorous; as, a nervous arm.
  2. Pertaining to the nerves; seated in or affecting the nerves; as, a nervous disease or fever.
  3. Having the nerves affected; hypochondriac; a colloquial use of the word.
  4. Possessing or manifesting vigor of mind; characterized by strength in sentiment or style; as, a nervous historian. Adams.

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