What does the word nascent mean?

Usage examples for nascent

  1. Witness these lines spoken by the King in contemplation of the Countess of Salisbury's beauty, while yet struggling against the nascent motions of a base love:- Now in the sun alone it doth not lie With light to take light from a mortal eye: For here two day- stars that mine eyes would see More than the sun steal mine own light from me. – A Study of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  2. Their nascent leaves, chopped small, were offered to the Silk- worms. – More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre
  3. Hitherto, since Martha's death, she had found in nascent, indolent self- pity the choicest of luxuries. – The Measure of a Man by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr