nest

[nest]

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)


Nearby words

  1. nesselrode, karl robert, count,
  2. nessie,
  3. nessler's reagent,
  4. nesslerize,
  5. nessus,
  6. nest box,
  7. nest egg,
  8. nest of drawers,
  9. nesta,
  10. nested

Origin of nest

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

Related formsnest·a·ble, adjectivenest·er, nounnest·like, adjectivenest·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nest

nest

noun

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 habitatan ants' nest
a place fostering something undesirablea nest of thievery
the people in such a placea nest of thieves
a cosy or secluded place
a set of things, usually of graduated sizes, designed to fit togethera nest of tables
military a weapon emplacementa machine-gun nest

verb

(intr) to make or inhabit a nest
(intr) to hunt for birds' nests
(tr) to place in a nest
Derived Formsnester, nounnestlike, adjective

Word Origin for nest

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

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Word Origin and History for nest
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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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