nest

noun
\ ˈnest \

Definition of nest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : a place of rest, retreat, or lodging : home grown children who have left the nest
b : den, hangout
3 : the occupants or frequenters of a nest
4a : a group of similar things a nest of giant mountains— Helen MacInnes
b : hotbed sense 2 a nest of rebellion
5 : a group of objects made to fit close together or one within another
6 : an emplaced group of weapons

nest

verb
nested; nesting; nests

Definition of nest (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to build or occupy a nest : settle in or as if in a nest
2 : to fit compactly together or within one another : embed

transitive verb

1 : to form a nest for
2 : to pack compactly together
3 : to form a hierarchy, series, or sequence of with each member, element, or set contained in or containing the next nested subroutines

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Examples of nest in a Sentence

Noun

The bird built a nest out of small twigs. If you look closely, you can see a nest in that tree. They lived in a cozy little nest in the suburbs.

Verb

Robins nested in the tree. She studied the nesting habits of the turtle. The set of four chairs can nest into one stack. The smaller bowl is designed to nest inside the larger one.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If pruning out the nests removes too much of a small plant, manually pulling it out would be better. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Be wary of the 'bathtub effect'," 12 July 2018 In theory, the new moon is a chance to kick back and relax, to nest, to get back in touch with yourself and your body, to reflect and craft grand plans for future successes. refinery29.com, "What It Means If Your New Moon Is Decidedly Not Chill," 12 July 2018 Mulch piled up against woody stems of shrubs and trees can also cause rot and encourages rodents (such as voles and mice) to nest there. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Mulch Your Garden and Stop Weeds in Their Tracks," 26 June 2018 Murrelets spend much of their lives at sea, but prefer to nest in older-growth forest on the coasts between central California and Alaska, sometimes traveling as far as 50 miles inland to find a spot to lay their eggs. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "State reverses itself, declines to list marbled murrelet as endangered," 8 June 2018 The golden-checked warbler that migrates from Mexico to nest solely in the Hill Country. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 Tonight, the Eagles will welcome the newest bird to the nest as the NFL Draft kicks off in Dallas. Ray Boyd, Philly.com, "Philadelphia march honors LGBT people of color, medical marijuana dispensaries coming to Philly, Eagles set for NFL Draft | Morning Newsletter," 26 Apr. 2018 Moving from a suburban home with kids to an empty nest in the city, was no small shift for Mondi's clients. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, "5 Rules Of Decorating From Scratch," 6 Apr. 2018 Also in the hunter's favor as the season progresses is the fact that many hens, already bred, go to nest. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Still lots of time to harvest a gobbler," 18 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Schampel's attack at the lakeshore suggests the birds may be nesting — and attacking — in other areas. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Angry birds: Watch out for red-winged blackbird attacks this time of year," 29 June 2018 Bald Eagles have nested at the Sandy Ridge Reservation since 2002, building three separate nests over the years. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Ohio bald eagle duel ends in death of mother, chick as birders watch in horror," 23 Apr. 2018 The life of Natalie Wood is like a Russian matryonshka doll, a set of wooden dolls nesting in one another. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "What Really Happened to Natalie Wood?," 29 Nov. 2018 On my '90s bike, the axle itself nested in a notch machined into the frame. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 The dishwasher- and microwave-safe wares nest together to save space. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best kitchen accessories under $150 to shop now," 20 Aug. 2018 The pair of adult eagles began nesting near the top of a 65-foot-high tree outside White's house in 2013. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Webster man uses video camera, Facebook to share joy of backyard eaglets," 24 Jan. 2018 Researchers suggest a generation of sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef were born mostly female because they were nested in warmer areas, raising concerns global warming might threaten the species. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "99% of these sea turtles were born girls. Is global warming to blame?," 9 Jan. 2018 The flightless bird, native to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, nested on the ground and laid only one egg at a time. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nest

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nest

Noun

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

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nest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

nest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of nest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to build or live in a nest

: to fit inside each other

nest

noun
\ ˈnest \

Kids Definition of nest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a shelter made by an animal and especially a bird for its eggs and young
2 : a place where some animals live and usually lay eggs a termite's nest
3 : a cozy place : home
4 : those living in a nest a nest of robins

nest

verb
nested; nesting

Kids Definition of nest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to build or live in a nest nesting birds

nest

noun
\ ˈnest \

Medical Definition of nest

: an isolated collection or clump of cells in tissue of a different structure a nest of sarcomatous cells

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