nes·​tle | \ ˈne-səl How to pronounce nestle (audio) \
nestled; nestling\ ˈne-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce nestle (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 nestle (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 The chains and rings nestle together with others of their kind and can aggregate to form ever larger masses: cosmic soot. Harold Mcgee, WSJ, "What Does Outer Space Smell Like?," 24 Oct. 2020 For such profound propinquity, move from the free-flowing oceans to the more structured world of soil, where potential self-sacrificers can nestle next to each other. The Economist, "The viral universe Viruses have big impacts on ecology and evolution as well as human health," 20 Aug. 2020 Select a flat piece of land visible from a window, patio or balcony, or nestle it in a part of the yard that provides a safe space to walk, relax and reflect. oregonlive, "Mow a design in your lawn for World Labyrinth Day, stay calm during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Apr. 2020 Similar to its neighbor Rwanda, which is nestled just to the north, Burundi has been rocked by past violence and is composed largely of people from the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Mass graves containing more than 6,000 bodies discovered in Burundi," 15 Feb. 2020 Transfer pork to the sheet with squash, nestling it in as necessary, and roast to internal temperature of 145°F, 5 to 8 minutes; transfer to a cutting board. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Squash, Pork, and Kale Salad With Cherries," 22 Jan. 2020 Transfer the cabbage mixture to the baking sheet, spreading it evenly, and return the chicken, skin-side up, to the sheet, nestling it in the cabbage. Washington Post, "Sheet Pan Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs and Red Cabbage," 16 Jan. 2020 The ball nestled itself softly in the senior's hands right as his head was turning back for the ball. J.l. Kirven,, "High school football: Ryle defense controls Dixie Heights to earn home-field playoff game," 19 Oct. 2019 Place them in the rack’s stemware holders or nestle them securely between unbreakables. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The House the Seal Built," 16 Sep. 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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The first known use of nestle was before the 12th century

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“Nestle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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