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NERVOUS, adjective

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.

NERVOUS, adjective In botany [See Nerved, No.2]