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nursery

Noun

1 a child's room for a baby [syn: baby's room]
2 a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions [syn: greenhouse, glasshouse]

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English

Etymology

nurse + -ery

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: nurs·er·y

Noun

nursery (plural: nurseries)
  1. The act of nursing
    “Her kind nursery.” —Shakespeare
  2. A place where nursing is carried on; as:
    1. A place, or apartment, in a house, used for the care of children.
    2. A place where young trees, shrubs, vines, etc., are cultivated for transplanting; a plantation of young trees.
    3. The place where anything is fostered and growth promoted.
      "Fair Padua, nursery of arts." —Shakespeare
       
      Christian families are the nurseries of the
      church on earth, as she is the nursery of the
      church in heaven. —J. M. Mason
    4. That which forms and educates; as, commerce is the nursery of seamen.
  3. That which is nursed.

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Translations

Extensive Definition

Nursery can refer to:
Childcare
  • Nursery (room), a room within the house designed for the care of a young child or children
  • Nursery school, a daycare facility for preschool-age children
  • Prison nursery, for imprisoned mothers with their young children
Places
Music
Science
Other
  • Farm team, where sportspeople can gain experience before playing for a major team

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

X ray, bedchamber, bedroom, birthplace, blood bank, boudoir, breeding place, brooder, chamber, charity ward, clinic, cloche, cold frame, conservatory, consultation room, coolhouse, cradle, cubicle, cubiculum, day nursery, delivery room, dispensary, dormitory, emergency, examining room, fever ward, forcing bed, forcing house, forcing pit, glasshouse, greenhouse, hatchery, hospital room, hotbed, hothouse, incubator, infant school, intensive care, isolation, kindergarten, labor room, laboratory, lathhouse, maternity ward, nest, nidus, operating room, orangery, pharmacy, pinery, preschool, prison ward, private room, recovery room, rookery, seedbed, semi-private room, sleeping room, summerhouse, surgery, therapy, treatment room, ward
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