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Nursing definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

NURS'ING, ppr. Tending; nourishing at the breast; education; maintaining.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm
2: the profession of a nurse
3: nourishing at the breast [syn: nursing, breast feeding]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1860 1. the profession of a nurse <schools of nursing> 2. the duties of a nurse <proper nursing is difficult work>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the practice or profession of caring for the sick as a nurse. 2 (attrib.) concerned with or suitable for nursing the sick or elderly etc. (nursing home; nursing sister). Phrases and idioms: nursing officer a senior nurse (see senior nursing officer).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Nurse Nurse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nursed; p. pr. & vb. n. Nursing.] 1. To nourish; to cherish; to foster; as: (a) To nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant. (b) To take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon. Sons wont to nurse their parents in old age. --Milton. Him in Egerian groves Aricia bore, And nursed his youth along the marshy shore. --Dryden. 2. To bring up; to raise, by care, from a weak or invalid condition; to foster; to cherish; -- applied to plants, animals, and to any object that needs, or thrives by, attention. ``To nurse the saplings tall.'' --Milton. By what hands [has vice] been nursed into so uncontrolled a dominion? --Locke. 3. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources. 4. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does. --A. Trollope. To nurse billiard balls, to strike them gently and so as to keep them in good position during a series of caroms.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Nursing Nurs"ing, a. Supplying or taking nourishment from, or as from, the breast; as, a nursing mother; a nursing infant.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Nursing is the profession of looking after people who are ill. She had no aptitude for nursing... Does the nursing staff seem to care?



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