nest·​er | \ ˈne-stər How to pronounce nester (audio) \

Definition of nester

1 Western US : a homesteader or squatter who takes up land on open range for a farm
2 : one that nests Wood ducks are cavity nesters, setting up shop in holes high in trees.— Howard Youth

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Indigenous nesters include the graceful and aerodynamic terns. Susan Moeller,, "A beachcombing guide: Things to find at the beach," 2 May 2018 The houses could work for empty-nesters or people who work in and commute to Charlotte, Toll Brothers executives said. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Here's what $350,000 buys you in the heart of Charlotte and on its outskirts | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 The development would target aging empty-nesters who want to sell their homes but stay in the North Shore area. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mandel Group's disputed River Hills luxury apartment proposal returns in downsized form," 6 July 2018 Supporters say the change would allow empty-nesters to move more easily by keeping their property taxes low, which could free up housing in high-demand areas. Melody Gutierrez,, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 2018 American goldfinches, July and August nesters, chased each other whistling their sweet chic-or-ee. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Chasing rarities can be fun, but enjoy the common species, too," 6 June 2018 The birds are ground nesters that settle mostly on islands and coastal areas, Doran said, and are a species that is sensitive to pollutants and disturbances from people during the breeding season. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Pelicans flocking to Michigan's Pointe Mouillee as population grows," 26 May 2018 Empty-nester professionals with a four-bedroom house, the Woods eventually invited Deng to live with them. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "By day, he runs for president of South Sudan. By night, he unloads trucks at Lowe’s.," 7 July 2018 The development targets empty-nesters and professionals looking to downsize, according to a staff report to the council. David Ibata, ajc, "Johns Creek OKs townhomes on McGinnis Ferry," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of nester

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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