verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of nest
Related Words for nestingreside, locate, settle, crash, occupy, abide, hover, linger, stop, live, continue, endure, stand, persist, last, prevail, survive, wait, lie, squat
Examples from the Web for nesting
Contemporary Examples of 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
April 29, 2013
In the Cavour high school in central Rome, mice run through the halls, nibbling on open wiring and nesting in the lockers.In Italy, Angry Students Occupy Schools
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 22, 2012
Historical Examples of nesting
They must be killed at the fountain head, in their nesting places.The Mayflower, January, 1905
Birds'-nesting and orchard-robbing are not in season together.The Bad Family and Other Stories
On one of these islands a small colony of herons were nesting.Wood Folk at School
William J. Long
They were late in nesting, for young veeries were out everywhere.Little Brothers of the Air
Olive Thorne Miller
He had his instincts, indeed, and at bird's-nesting they almost amounted to prophecy.Dream Days
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 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.