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