nes·​tle | \ˈne-səl \
nestled; nestling\ˈne-​s(ə-​)liŋ \

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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Other Words from nestle

nestler \ˈne-​s(ə-​)lər \ noun

Synonyms for nestle


cuddle, nuzzle, snoozle [chiefly dialect], snuggle

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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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As Graphcore’s pictures show, the shells will be nestled inside of a server blade and at least partially covered up by other hardware. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Graphcore’s new AI chips are the best-looking server processors you’ll never see," 26 Nov. 2018 Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper and nestle among vegetables in pan. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Salmon with Tomatoes and Green Beans," 24 Oct. 2018 The dog lies on a simple wooden table nestled next to familiar objects: a bundle of firewood, a lidded earthenware jar, a wicker fruit basket, and a pair of wooden sandals, presumably those of its master or mistress. Arthur Wheelock, WSJ, "Well-Worn Life, Frozen In Time," 19 Oct. 2018 Season salmon with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, then nestle among vegetables. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Curry-Poached Salmon with Peppers," 16 Aug. 2018 Where some complement midcentury modern dwellings, others nestle up to ranch houses or border rolling vineyards. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "11 sparkling pools you’ll want to dive into," 13 Aug. 2018 Meat eaters will be just as excited for the thick medallions of pork ($28) with leeks, lentils and fava leaves; and trout ($25) nestled next to Little Gems, avocado and broccoli in a buttermilk dressing. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Perennial makes environmental activism taste good," 25 May 2018 In those earliest depictions of the affected brain tissue, Alzheimer also sketched microglia, a type of immune cell in the brain, nestling next to neurons. Alison Abbott, Scientific American, "Is "Friendly Fire" in the Brain Provoking Alzheimer's Disease?," 24 Apr. 2018 Its current prices to launch small satellites into relatively low orbits around the Earth are about $5 million, but the Electron is intended to boost multiple satellites nestled on top. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Its First Commercial Payload Into Orbit," 11 Nov. 2018

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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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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 \
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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