Dry nurse
Nurse Nurse (n[^u]rs), n. [OE. nourse, nurice, norice, OF. nurrice, norrice, nourrice, F. nourrice, fr. L. nutricia nurse, prop., fem. of nutricius that nourishes; akin to nutrix, -icis, nurse, fr. nutrire to nourish. See {Nourish}, and cf. {Nutritious}.] 1. One who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or brings up; as: (a) A woman who has the care of young children; especially, one who suckles an infant not her own. (b) A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the sick or infirm. [1913 Webster]

2. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like. [1913 Webster]

The nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercari[ae] by asexual reproduction. See {Cercaria}, and {Redia}. (b) Either one of the nurse sharks. [1913 Webster]

{Nurse shark}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A large arctic shark ({Somniosus microcephalus}), having small teeth and feeble jaws; -- called also {sleeper shark}, and {ground shark}. (b) A large shark ({Ginglymostoma cirratum}), native of the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico, having the dorsal fins situated behind the ventral fins.

{To put to nurse}, or {To put out to nurse}, to send away to be nursed; to place in the care of a nurse.

{Wet nurse}, {Dry nurse}. See {Wet nurse}, and {Dry nurse}, in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • dry nurse — n. a nurse who takes care of a baby but does not breast feed it: cf. WET NURSE dry nurse vt. dry nursed, dry nursing …   English World dictionary

  • Dry nurse — A nurse who attends and feeds a child by hand; in distinction from a {wet nurse}, who suckles it. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dry nurse — dry′ nurse n. a nurse who takes care of but does not breast feed another s infant Compare wet nurse • Etymology: 1590–1600 dry′ nurse , v.t. nursed, nurs•ing …   From formal English to slang

  • dry-nurse — ( )drī nərs vt, dry nursed; dry nurs·ing to act as dry nurse to …   Medical dictionary

  • dry nurse — n a nurse who takes care of but does not breast feed another woman s baby …   Medical dictionary

  • dry nurse — noun a nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant • Hypernyms: ↑nanny, ↑nursemaid, ↑nurse * * * noun 1. : a nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant compare wet nurse 2. : one who aids or instructs another usually unnecessarily …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dry nurse — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Dry nurse (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on dry nurse instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/dry nurse …   Wikipedia

  • dry-nurse — Drynurse Dry nurse , dry nurse dry nurse , v. t. To feed, attend, and bring up without breastfeeding it. Hudibras. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dry-nurse — noun A nurse who takes care of a baby, but does not breastfeed The family found a dry nurse to take care of the infant. See Also: wet nurse …   Wiktionary

  • dry-nurse — /druy nerrs /, v.t., dry nursed, dry nursing. to act as a dry nurse to. [1575 85] * * * …   Universalium

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