nerve center

nerve cen·ter
N n


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [nurv sen-ter]
    • /nɜrv ˈsɛn tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [nurv sen-ter]
    • /nɜrv ˈsɛn tər/

Definitions of nerve center words

  • noun nerve center a group of nerve cells closely connected with one another and acting together in the performance of some function. 1
  • noun nerve center a source of information, authority, action, etc.: The communications room is the nerve center of a battleship. 1
  • noun nerve center control centre, headquarters 1
  • noun nerve center anatomy: bunch of nerve cells 1
  • countable noun nerve center The nerve center of an organization is the place from where its activities are controlled and where its leaders meet. 0
  • noun nerve center any group of nerve cells that function together in controlling some specific sense or bodily activity, as breathing 0

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Origin of nerve center

First appearance:

before 1865
One of the 28% newest English words
First recorded in 1865-70

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Parts of speech for Nerve center


nerve center popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for nerve center

noun nerve center

  • center — a point equally distant from all points on the circumference of a circle or surface of a sphere
  • cynosure — a person or thing that attracts notice, esp because of its brilliance or beauty
  • fulcra — the support, or point of rest, on which a lever turns in moving a body.
  • fulcrum — the support, or point of rest, on which a lever turns in moving a body.
  • headquarters — a center of operations, as of the police or a business, from which orders are issued; the chief administrative office of an organization: The operatives were always in touch with headquarters.

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