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 nesting
The birds have returned to the beach for their annual nesting—and the uncommon people never left.Six Months After Sandy, the Rockaway Story Continues|Michael Daly|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the Cavour high school in central Rome, mice run through the halls, nibbling on open wiring and nesting in the lockers.
Durnford found it nesting at Tombo Point, sixty miles south of the Chupat river.Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)|P. L. Sclater
Does he receive his critiques from Eaton or Harrow—based on the experience of a week's birds'-nesting and its consequences?Modern Painters Volume I (of V)|John Ruskin
While this nesting was going on I could hear five different birds at once either in the garden or from any of the windows.Nature Near London|Richard Jefferies
It is a fresh water fowl, and exclusively so in the selection of its nesting haunts.
They breed abundantly on the marshes of northern Alaska and Greenland, nesting the same as others of the species.The Bird Book|Chester A. Reed
Word Origin for nest
1650s, "making or using a nest," past participle adjective from nest (v.). Of objects, "fitted into one another," from 1934.
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.
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).
see empty nest; feather one's nest; foul one's nest; stir up a hornet's nest.