- The definition of a nest is a structure where some creatures lay their eggs and keep their young safe and warm, or a place in which to live or rest.
An example of a nest is where baby birds live.
- Nest is defined as to live in a safe place like where a mother bird keeps her young.
An example of nest is for a turtle to make a living space for her growing young.
Young aeries, or baby eagles in their nest with mother eagle.
- the structure made or the place chosen by birds for laying their eggs and sheltering their young
- the place used by turtles, hornets, fish, etc. for spawning or breeding
- the structure made or the place chosen by any of certain wild animals as its home: a squirrel's nest
- a cozy or snug place in which to live or rest; retreat
- a haunt or den: used esp. in an unfavorable sense
- the people who frequent such a place: a nest of criminals
- a brood, swarm, or colony of birds, insects, etc.
- a set or series of similar things, each fitting within the one next larger
Origin of nestMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German nest ; from Indo-European an unverified form nizdos (; from base an unverified form ni-, down + an unverified form sed-, to sit) from source Classical Latin nidus, Welsh nyth
- to build or live in or as in a nest
- to fit one into another
- to hunt for birds' nests: usually in the present participle
- to make a nest for
- to place or settle in or as in a nest
- to fit (an object) closely within another
- Comput. to embed (a loop, subroutine, etc.) between the first and last instructions of another
- a. A structure or shelter made or used by a bird to hold its eggs during incubation and to house its young until fledged.b. A structure or shelter in which other animals, such as reptiles, fish, or insects, deposit their eggs or tend their young.c. A structure or complex built by ants, termites, or other social animals to house a colony.d. A number of insects, birds, or other animals occupying a nest: attacked by a nest of hornets.
- A place affording snug refuge or lodging; a home.
- a. A place or environment that fosters rapid growth or development, especially of something undesirable; a hotbed: a nest of criminal activity.b. Those who occupy or frequent such a place or environment.
- a. A set of objects of graduated size that can be stacked together, each fitting within the one immediately larger: a nest of tables.b. A cluster of similar things.
- A group of weapons in a prepared position: a machine-gun nest.
verbnest·ed, nest·ing, nests
- To build or occupy a nest.
- To create and settle into a warm and secure refuge.
- To hunt for birds' nests, especially in order to collect the eggs.
- To fit one inside another.
- To place in or as if in a nest.
- To put snugly together or inside one another: to nest boxes.
Origin of nestMiddle English, from Old English; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
nesting Japanese figures
- A structure built by a bird as a place to incubate eggs and rear young.
- A place used by another mammal, fish, amphibian or insect, for depositing eggs and hatching young.
- A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or job situation.
- A retreat, or place of habitual resort.
- A hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt; a den.
- a nest of thieves
- That nightclub is a nest of strange people!
- A home that a child or young adult shares with a parent, guardian, or a person acting in the capacity of a parent or guardian. A parental home.
- I am aspiring to leave the nest.
- (card games) A fixed amount of cards in some bidding games awarded to the highest bidder allowing him to exchange any or all with cards in his hand.
- I was forced to change trumps when I found the ace, jack, and nine of diamonds in the nest.
- (military) A fortified position for a weapon, e.g. a machine gun nest.
- (computing) A structure consisting of nested structures, such as nested loops or nested subroutine calls.
- Pasta formed into a round shape.
- (geology) An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
- A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
- A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.
(third-person singular simple present nests, present participle nesting, simple past and past participle nested)
- (intransitive, of animals) To build or settle into a nest.
- (intransitive) To settle into a home.
- We loved the new house and were nesting there in 2 days!
- (intransitive) To successively neatly fit inside another.
- I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for mom.
- To place in, or as if in, a nest.
- To place one thing neatly inside another, and both inside yet another (so on).
- There would be much more room in the attic if you had nested all the empty boxes.
- (intransitive) To hunt for birds' nests or their contents (usually "go nesting").
nest - Computer Definition
(Novell Embedded Systems Technology) Extensions to NetWare 4.x that provide networking to office machines and consumer products. Originally touted as a connectivity protocol for everything from a VCR to a TV, NEST has been primarily used in millions of print servers and some fax servers, implementing Novell's QMS printing protocol.