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Nerve, that in which the strength of a body lies, rather == sinew, tendon, than an organ of sensation and motion: “needs must I under my transgression bow, unless my --s were brass,” Sonn. 120, 4. “thy --s are in their infancy again and have no vigour in them,” Tp. I, 2, 484. “the strongest --s and small inferior veins from me receive that natural competency,” Cor. I, 1, 142. “my firm --s shall never tremble,” Mcb. III, 4, 102. “makes each petty artery in this body as hardy as the Nemean lion's n.” Hml. I, 4, 83. “a brain that nourishes our --s, and can get goal for goal of youth,” Ant. IV, 8, 21. “strains his young --s and puts himself in posture,” Cymb. III, 3, 94. Metaphorically: “those that know the very --s of state,” Meas. I, 4, 53. “thou great commander, n. and bone of Greece,” Troil. I, 3, 55.
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