Nest definition

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A place affording snug refuge or lodging; a home.
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A cozy or snug place in which to live or rest; retreat.
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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.

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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.

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A group of weapons in a prepared position.

A machine-gun nest.

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A structure or shelter made or used by a bird to hold its eggs during incubation and to house its young until fledged.
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A structure or shelter in which other animals, such as reptiles, fish, or insects, deposit their eggs or tend their young.
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A structure or complex built by ants, termites, or other social animals to house a colony.
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A number of insects, birds, or other animals occupying a nest.

Attacked by a nest of hornets.

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A place or environment that fosters rapid growth or development, especially of something undesirable; a hotbed.

A nest of criminal activity.

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Those who occupy or frequent such a place or environment.
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A set of objects of graduated size that can be stacked together, each fitting within the one immediately larger.

A nest of tables.

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A cluster of similar things.
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To hunt for birds' nests, especially in order to collect the eggs.
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To fit one inside another.
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To place in or as if in a nest.
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The structure made or the place chosen by birds for laying their eggs and sheltering their young.
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A brood, swarm, or colony of birds, insects, etc.
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A set or series of similar things, each fitting within the one next larger.
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The place used by turtles, hornets, fish, etc. for spawning or breeding.
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The structure made or the place chosen by any of certain wild animals as its home.

A squirrel's nest.

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A haunt or den.
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The people who frequent such a place.

A nest of criminals.

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To build or live in or as in a nest.
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To fit one into another.
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To hunt for birds' nests.
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To make a nest for.
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To place or settle in or as in a nest.
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To fit (an object) closely within another.
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(comput.) To embed (a loop, subroutine, etc.) between the first and last instructions of another.
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A structure or shelter made or used by a bird to hold its eggs during incubation and to house its young until fledged.
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A structure or shelter in which other animals, such as reptiles, fish, or insects, deposit their eggs or tend their young.
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A structure or complex built by ants, termites, or other social animals to house a colony.
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A number of insects, birds, or other animals occupying a nest.

Attacked by a nest of hornets.

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To build or occupy a nest.
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A structure built by a bird as a place to incubate eggs and rear young.
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A place used by another mammal, fish, amphibian or insect, for depositing eggs and hatching young.
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A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or job situation.
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A retreat, or place of habitual resort.
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A hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt; a den.

A nest of thieves.

That nightclub is a nest of strange people!

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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.

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(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.

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(military) A fortified position for a weapon, e.g. a machine gun nest.
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(computing) A structure consisting of nested structures, such as nested loops or nested subroutine calls.
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Pasta formed into a round shape.
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(geology) An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
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A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
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A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.
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(intransitive, of animals) To build or settle into a nest.
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(intransitive) To settle into a home.

We loved the new house and were nesting there in 2 days!

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(intransitive) To successively neatly fit inside another.

I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for mom.

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To place in, or as if in, a nest.
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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.

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(intransitive) To hunt for birds' nests or their contents (usually "go nesting").
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To build or occupy a nest.
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To create and settle into a warm and secure refuge.
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To put snugly together or inside one another.

To nest boxes.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nest
Plural:
nests

Origin of nest

  • Middle English from Old English sed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English nest, from Proto-Germanic *nestaz, from Proto-Indo-European *nisdós (“nest"), a compound of *ni (“down") and the zero-grade of the root *sed- (“to sit") (whence also English sit).

    From Wiktionary