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nest

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noun \ˈnest\

Simple Definition of nest

  • : the place where a bird lays its eggs and takes care of its young

  • : a place where an animal or insect lives and usually lays eggs or takes care of its young

  • : a home where people live

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nest

  1. 1 a :  a bed or receptacle prepared by an animal and especially a bird for its eggs and young b :  a place or specially modified structure serving as an abode of animals and especially of their immature stages <an ants' nest> c :  a receptacle resembling a bird's nest

  2. 2 a :  a place of rest, retreat, or lodging :  home <grown children who have left the nest> b :  den, hangout

  3. 3 :  the occupants or frequenters of a nest

  4. 4 a :  a group of similar things <a nest of giant mountains — Helen MacInnes> b :  hotbed 2 <a nest of rebellion>

  5. 5 :  a group of objects made to fit close together or one within another

  6. 6 :  an emplaced group of weapons

Examples of nest in a sentence

  1. The bird built a nest out of small twigs.

  2. If you look closely, you can see a nest in that tree.

  3. They lived in a cozy little nest in the suburbs.



Origin and Etymology of nest

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German nest nest, Latin nidus


First Known Use: before 12th century


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nest

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Simple Definition of nest

  • : to build or live in a nest

  • : to fit inside each other

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nest

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to build or occupy a nest :  settle in or as if in a nest

  3. 2 :  to fit compactly together or within one another :  embed

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to form a nest for

  6. 2 :  to pack compactly together

  7. 3 :  to form a hierarchy, series, or sequence of with each member, element, or set contained in or containing the next <nested subroutines>

Examples of nest in a sentence

  1. Robins nested in the tree.

  2. She studied the nesting habits of the turtle.

  3. The set of four chairs can nest into one stack.

  4. The smaller bowl is designed to nest inside the larger one.



13th Century

First Known Use of nest

13th century



NEST Defined for Kids

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nest

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noun \ˈnest\

Definition of nest for Students

  1. 1 :  a shelter made by an animal and especially a bird for its eggs and young

  2. 2 :  a place where some animals live and usually lay eggs <a termite's nest>

  3. 3 :  a cozy place :  home

  4. 4 :  those living in a nest <a nest of robins>




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verb

Definition of nest for Students

nested

nesting

  1. :  to build or live in a nest <nesting birds>




Medical Dictionary

nest

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noun \ˈnest\

Medical Definition of nest

  1. :  an isolated collection or clump of cells in tissue of a different structure <a nest of sarcomatous cells>





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