- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle English from OE, akin to German nest from Indo-European an unverified form nizdos (from base an unverified form ni-, down plush 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
- nestable adjective
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- a. A container or shelter made by a bird out of twigs, grass, or other material to hold its eggs and young.b. A similar structure in which fish, insects, or other animals deposit eggs or keep their young.c. A place in which young are reared; a lair.d. A number of insects, birds, or other animals occupying such a place: 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.
- Computer Science A set of data contained sequentially within another.
- A group of weapons in a prepared position: a machine-gun nest.
- 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 together in a stack.
- To place in or as if in a nest.
- To put snugly together or inside one another: to nest boxes.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English; see sed- in Indo-European roots.Word History: Nest is an ancient word, *nizdos in Indo-European, composed of the prefix *ni- “down,” plus a form of the verbal root *sed-, “to sit,” followed by a suffix used to form nouns, *-os. Thus a *ni-zd-os literally means “(place where the bird) sits down.” In Germanic, an old zd became st. Thus *nizdos became *nistaz, which further changed in Old English to nest. Latin also inherited the word *nizdos from Indo-European, where it eventually changed to nīdus. This word has been borrowed into English as a scientific term. The prefix *ni- survives elsewhere in English, too, in the words beneath and nether.
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.
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