Definition of nerve ending in English:

nerve ending

(also nerve end)

noun

  • 1One of the fine branches at the end of a neuron, by which it makes contact either with another neuron or with a muscle or gland cell.

    ‘a disease which affects the nerve endings in the spinal column’
    • ‘She had lost feeling in her legs due to an infection that damaged her nerve endings.’
    • ‘Signals from nerve endings in the mouth evoke salivation by exciting the salivatory centres in the brainstem.’
    • ‘When the bladder is full, nerve endings in its wall send impulses to the brain.’
    • ‘If you measured a square inch of your skin, that square inch would contain millions of cells and many specialized nerve endings for sensing heat, cold, pain, pressure and touch.’
    • ‘There are many nerve endings or ganglia near the body surface which can be stimulated to influence some physiological functions.’
    • ‘This protein stimulates nerve endings at an injury site and within the spinal cord, increasing pain messages.’
    • ‘Fish have many nerve endings along their bodies for smell, vibrations, water temperature etc.’
    • ‘The foot has many thousands of nerve endings which are stimulated during a massage.’
    • ‘Sweat glands are activated by nerve endings in the dermal layer of the skin that respond to chemical messages from the brain.’
    • ‘Nerve endings in our limbs and in the bottoms of our feet indicate current body position.’
    • ‘Procaine and steroids can inhibit the excitement of nerve endings.’
    1. 1.1 Used in reference to a state of heightened sensitivity.
      ‘every nerve ending in my leg screamed’
      ‘a performance like yesterday's starts the nerve ends jangling once more’
      • ‘Rowley sniffed, every nerve ending quivering.’
      • ‘"It gives off a yellowish colour and because it has a constant flicker it causes nerve endings to be continually on edge," he said.’
      • ‘If nerve endings in Downing Street were that raw during two elections that were a bit of a cruise, consider how frazzled they are getting about this much bumpier contest.’
      • ‘What really sets the nerve endings crackling is the snow.’
      • ‘This song sucks so hard I feel my soul being torn from the mass of nerve endings at the base of my spine.’
      • ‘Every nerve ending in his body seemed to be on edge—so much so that he startled when his foot landed on the creaky stair.’
      • ‘It will be an evening when the nerve ends will tingle as though electrified.’
      • ‘The misspelt sign grates on your nerve endings every single time you walk past it, doesn't it?’
      • ‘Every nerve-end in my body is tingling with the anticipation of a storm.’
      • ‘"Local taxation makes politicians uneasy, it creates a fear factor that tingles their nerve ends," said a leading academic expert.’