nest

[ nest ]
/ nɛst /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to settle or place (something) in or as if in a nest: to nest dishes in straw.
to fit or place one within another: to nest boxes for more compact storage.

verb (used without object)

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Origin of nest

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English (cognate with Dutch, German nest; akin to Latin nīdus “nest,” Old Irish net, Welsh nyth, Sanskrit nīḍa “lair”), ultimately from unattested Indo-European nizdo- “bird's nest,” equivalent to unattested ni “down” (see nether) + unattested zd-, variant of unattested sd-, ablaut variant of unattested sed-, verb base meaning “sit” (see sit1) + unattested -o- thematic vowel

OTHER WORDS FROM nest

nest·a·ble, adjectivenester, nounnestlike, adjectivenesty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nest

nest
/ (nɛst) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of nest

nester, nounnestlike, adjective

Word Origin for nest

Old English; related to Latin nīdus (nest) and to beneath, sit
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Idioms and Phrases with nest

nest

see empty nest; feather one's nest; foul one's nest; stir up a hornet's nest.

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