a pocketlike, usually more or less circular structure of twigs, grass, mud, etc., formed by a bird, often high in a tree, as a place in which to lay and incubate its eggs and rear its young; any protected place used by a bird for these purposes.
a place used by insects, fishes, turtles, rabbits, etc., for depositing their eggs or young.
a number of birds, insects, animals, etc., inhabiting one such place.
a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home.
an assemblage of things lying or set close together, as a series of boxes or trays, that fit within each other: a nest of tables.
a place where something bad is fostered or flourishes: a nest of vice; a robber's nest.
the occupants or frequenters of such a place.
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.
to build or have a nest: The swallows nested under the eaves.
to settle in or as if in a nest.
to fit together or within another or one another: bowls that nest easily for storage.
to search for or collect nests: to go nesting.
Computers. to place a routine inside another routine that is at a higher hierarchical level.
- nest·a·ble, adjective
- nester, noun
- nestlike, adjective
- nesty, adjective
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How to use nest in a sentence
With tens of millions across the US currently unemployed, the number of residents with anything close to an ample emergency nest egg has likely dropped even lower.Hurricane Laura is the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in more than a century | Sara Chodosh | August 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
Most creatures, most of the time, find it easier to do the latter than the former, which is why living things generally are more concerned with feathering their nests than de-feathering those of others.Just Because It’s Natural Doesn’t Mean It’s Good - Issue 89: The Dark Side | David P. Barash | August 19, 2020 | Nautilus
For example, some of them sat on eggs in open nests, like modern birds.
They also worry that the investigation could be used to build up his own nest of public funds and could be used to resurrect the controversial $470 million desalination project in Playas de Rosarito.Border Report: Surviving in Tijuana Has Gotten Even Harder for Haitian Migrants | Maya Srikrishnan | July 20, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
This could include whole nests of honeybees, other types of hornets and yellow jackets.
Unlike Brunner, Remer was itinerant, and spent much time in that other nest of postwar Nazis—Cairo.
Mark Reay is a handsome model-turned-photographer who is homeless, living in a secret ‘nest’ on top of an apartment building.
And an eaglet does not start off flying from the ground, but from the nest.
When he approached the wrecked nest, Patterson saw one of the eaglets on the exposed ground near the base of the tree.
He then spoke to the state police, who proved to be aware of the fallen nest.
A small book, bound in full purple calf, lay half hidden in a nest of fine tissue paper on the dressing-table.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
Almost as soon as she had finished building her nest she had discovered a strange-looking egg there.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
The grass had a delightful fragrance, like new-mown hay, and was neatly wound around the tunnel, like the inside of a bird's-nest.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
And away she flew to her nest, leaving Grandfather Mole to talk to the air, if he wished.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
Weimar being such a "kleines nest (little nest)," as Liszt calls it, every stranger is immediately remarked.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for nest
a place or structure in which birds, fishes, insects, reptiles, mice, etc, lay eggs or give birth to young
a number of animals of the same species and their young occupying a common habitat: an ants' nest
a place fostering something undesirable: a nest of thievery
the people in such a place: a nest of thieves
a cosy or secluded place
a set of things, usually of graduated sizes, designed to fit together: a nest of tables
military a weapon emplacement: a machine-gun nest
(intr) to make or inhabit a nest
(intr) to hunt for birds' nests
(tr) to place in a nest
- nester, noun
- nestlike, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with nest
see empty nest; feather one's nest; foul one's nest; stir up a hornet's nest.
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