Nursery Nurs"er*y, n.; pl. Nurseries. [Cf. F. nourricerie.] 1. The act of nursing. [Obs.] ``Her kind nursery.' --Shak. 2. The place where nursing is carried on; as: (a) The place, or apartment, in a house, appropriated to the care of children. (b) A place where young trees, shrubs, vines, etc., are propagated for the purpose of transplanting; a plantation of young trees. (c) The place where anything is fostered and growth promoted. ``Fair Padua, nursery of arts.' --Shak. Christian families are the nurseries of the church on earth, as she is the nursery of the church in heaven. --J. M. Mason. (d) That which forms and educates; as, commerce is the nursery of seamen. 3. That which is nursed. [R.] --Milton.