Nour"ish, n. A nurse. [Obs.] Hoolland.

Nour"ish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nourished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Nourishing.] [OE. norisen, norischen, OF. nurir, nurrir, norir, F. norrir, fr. L. nutrire. Cf. Nurse, Nutriment, and see - ish.]

1. To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment.

He planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.
Is. xliv. 14.

2. To support; to maintain.

Whiles I in Ireland nourish a mighty band.

3. To supply the means of support and increase to; to encourage; to foster; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish the virtues. "Nourish their contentions." Hooker.

4. To cherish; to comfort.

Ye have nourished your hearts.
James v. 5.

5. To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments. Chaucer.

Nourished up in the words of faith.
1 Tim. iv. 6.

Syn. -- To cherish; feed; supply. See Nurture.

Nour"ish, v. i. 1. To promote growth; to furnish nutriment.

Grains and roots nourish more than their leaves.

2. To gain nourishment. [R.] Bacon.