From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   2. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow,
      trains, fosters, or the like.
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            The nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise.
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   3. (Naut.) A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real
      commander when the captain is unfit for his place.
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   4. (Zool.)
      (a) A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces
          cercariae by asexual reproduction. See Cercaria, and
      (b) Either one of the nurse sharks.
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   Nurse shark. (Zool.)
      (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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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                Sons wont to nurse their parents in old age.
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                Him in Egerian groves Aricia bore,
                And nursed his youth along the marshy shore.
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   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.
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            By what hands [has vice] been nursed into so
            uncontrolled a dominion?              --Locke.
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   3. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase;
      as, to nurse our national resources.
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   4. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does. --A. Trollope.
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   To nurse billiard balls, to strike them gently and so as to
      keep them in good position during a series of caroms.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Redia \Re"di*a\ (r?"d?*?), n.; pl. L. Rediae (-[=e]), E.
   Redias (-?z). [NL.; of uncertain origin.] (Zool.)
   A kind of larva, or nurse, which is prroduced within the
   sporocyst of certain trematodes by asexual generation. It in
   turn produces, in the same way, either another generation of
   rediae, or else cercariae within its own body. Called also
   proscolex, and nurse. See Illustration in Appendix.
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