1. A woman that has the care of infants, or a woman employed to tend the children of others.
2. A woman who suckles infants.
3. A woman that has the care of a sick person.
4. A man who has the care of the sick.
5. A person that breeds, educates or protects; hence, that which breeds, brings up or causes to grow; as Greece, the nurse of the liberal arts.
6. An old woman; in contempt.
7. The state of being nursed; as, to put a child to nurse
8. In composition, that which supplies food; as a nurse-pond.
NURSE, verb transitive
1. To tend, as infants; as, to nurse a child.
2. To suckle; to nourish at the breast.
3. To attend and take care of in child-bed; as, to nurse a woman in her illness.
4. To tend the sick; applied to males and females.
5. To ffed; to maintain; to bring up. Isaiah 60:4.
6. To cherish; to foster; to encourage; to promote growth in. We say, to nurse a feeble animal or plant.
By what hands has vice been nursed into so uncontrolled a dominion?
7. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources.