nes·​tle | \ ˈne-səl How to pronounce nestle (audio) \
nestled; nestling\ ˈne-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce nestling (audio) \

Definition of nestle

intransitive verb

1 archaic : nest sense 1
2 : to settle snugly or comfortably
3 : to lie in an inconspicuous or sheltered manner

transitive verb

1 : to settle, shelter, or house in or as if in a nest the children were nestled all snug in their beds— Clement Moore
2 : to press closely and affectionately nestles a kitten in her arms

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nestler \ ˈne-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce nestler (audio) \ noun

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Examples of nestle in a Sentence

He nestled his head against his mother's shoulder. She carefully nestled the hamster into its cage. The fly ball nestled into the outfielder's glove.
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Recent Examples on the Web Over 40 aftershocks rattled the rural region nestled in the Alborz Mountains, and residents rushed out of their homes in fear. Washington Post, "Iran 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills at least 5, injures 120," 8 Nov. 2019 Together, Friday’s reports solidified Wall Street’s view that the economy is nestled in a sweet spot for markets. Stan Choe And Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, "The S&P 500 hit a record after a strong jobs report, notching four straight weeks of gains," 2 Nov. 2019 After dinner one summer evening, Gillespie took a visitor to the Normal office of Nerds on Call, one of the company’s three locations in central Illinois, nestled in a strip mall between a check-cashing store and a Great Clips hair salon. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Ransomware Superhero of Normal, Illinois," 28 Oct. 2019 Right off of the road and nestled in a valley naturally protected by the Allegheny Mountains is the Green Bank Observatory. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "WiFi Is Illegal in This American Town. (And Yes, People Actually Live There.)," 28 Oct. 2019 The incident began unfolding at around 2 p.m. in the massive petroleum tank storage farm nestled in the hills of Crockett, according to the Vallejo Firefighters Association. CBS News, "Refinery explosion near Rodeo leads to massive fire, plumes of smoke across Bay Area," 15 Oct. 2019 The tantalizing timepiece has been micro-hammered and hand-finished by Audemars Piguet’s craftsmen at the manufacturer's headquarters nestled in the heart of the Swiss Jura. Zoe Ruffner, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Day in the Life of The Perfect Accessory," 10 Oct. 2019 Just seven minutes south of downtown San Diego, Living Coast is an environmental education center nestled in the Sweetwater Marsh Unit of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Kids Free in October gives free children’s admission to San Diego museums and other attractions," 8 Oct. 2019 Playing accordion, keyboard, percussion, and sound-effects artist, Victor Zupanc sits above the action, nestled in the branches of a tree that dominates Mikail Kachman’s scenic design and has the moody texture of a 3D Van Gogh painting. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: Don’t expect Disney at CTC’s adaptation of ‘Snow White’," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of nestle

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

History and Etymology for nestle

Middle English, from Old English nestlian, from nest

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of nestle was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of nestle

: to lie comfortably close to or against someone or something
: to place (something) close to, next to, or within something
: to land or settle softly into something


nes·​tle | \ ˈne-səl How to pronounce nestle (audio) \
nestled; nestling\ ˈnes-​liŋ , -​ə-​liŋ \

Kids Definition of nestle

1 : to lie close and snug : cuddle
2 : to be located snugly or in a place not easily noticed The village nestles in a valley.

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