verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- nesselrode, karl robert, count,
- nessler's reagent,
- nest box,
- nest egg,
- nest of drawers,
Origin of nest
Examples from the Web for nest
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.
The two eaglets almost certainly would have died after a big storm wrecked their nest last year.
He found one, a male, maybe 50 yards from the nest with no obvious injuries.
Only the cuckoo of our common birds builds so flimsy a nest as the dove's adored darling.Birds Every Child Should Know|Neltje Blanchan
Jest like a hornet's nest: shake a stick at ary one o' the group, an' they all come buzzin' round te'ble miffy in less 'n no time.
The making and re-making of the nest was learnt on kindergarten principles."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"|Douglas English
"I must not disobey mama," Clare murmured, without looking up from the nest her cheek had made on his bosom.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete|George Meredith
It is said that the nest is sometimes built in the crevices of cliffs or in hollow trees.
Word Origin for nest
Old English nest "bird's nest, snug retreat," also "young bird, brood," from Proto-Germanic *nistaz (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch nest, German Nest), from PIE *nizdo- (cf. Sanskrit nidah "resting place, nest," Latin nidus "nest," Old Church Slavonic gnezdo, Old Irish net, Welsh nyth, Breton nez "nest"), probably from *ni "down" + *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
Used since Middle English in reference to various accumulations of things (e.g. a nest of drawers, early 18c.). Nest egg "retirement savings" is from 1700, originally "a real or artificial egg left in a nest to induce the hen to go on laying there" (c.1600).
Old English nistan "to build nests," from Proto-Germanic *nistijanan, from the source of nest (n.). The modern verb is perhaps a new formation in Middle English from the noun. Related: Nested; nesting.
see empty nest; feather one's nest; foul one's nest; stir up a hornet's nest.