Hypertext Webster Gateway: "nursing"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Nurse \Nurse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nursed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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: {breast feeding}]

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