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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
This kid-friendly recipe comes together in a muffin tin, where little spaghetti nests create the base for precooked Italian-style meatballs and tomato basil pasta sauce.—Kristy Alpert, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Nov. 2023 Disturbance by humans and domestic animals like cats and dogs can also force migrating and wintering birds to expend unnecessary energy, which can lead breeding plovers to abandon their nests and young.—Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 15 Nov. 2023 The set’s stainless steel design prevents rust for long-term use, and each of the five bowls nest inside one another for easy storage.—Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 Store with the lids on if there are space or nest containers and stand lids on their sides.—Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 13 Nov. 2023 As the sound of gunfire drew closer, everybody crowded into the shelter littered with trash, wasps’ nests and excrement.—Isabel Kershner Amit Elkayam, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023 Darkness is essential for sea turtle hatchlings, as they are instinctively drawn from their nests toward the ocean by moonlight.—Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 To solve the mystery, Hopkins's team placed hundreds of concrete nest boxes in streams in southwestern Virginia.—Carolyn Wilke, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2023 Mammalian nest predators and large fish, meanwhile, kill far more waterfowl.—Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 1 Nov. 2023
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Give your living room a refresh before the crush of holiday entertaining (and winter nesting) sets in with this limited-time deal from Target.—Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 Needless to say, such measures won't safeguard the giant leatherback turtles that nest on Great Nicobar Island, nor preserve the heritage and livelihoods of the Indigenous tribal communities who have called it home for millennia.—Chirag Dhara, Scientific American, 8 Nov. 2023 That the high-rise is also a corporate office building nested within Midtown in Manhattan should be considered no coincidence either.—José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 1 Nov. 2023 Green turtles have seen the largest increases out of the species that nest in Florida, Henning said.—Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 27 Oct. 2023 For birds nesting in agricultural spaces with little tree cover or shade, the probability of successfully raising at least one nestling dropped by 46% when temperatures were abnormally high.—Nidhi Sharma, NBC News, 19 Oct. 2023 In 2018, a pair of Great Lakes Piping Plovers, named Monty and Rose, attempted nesting at Waukegan Beach.—Sheryl Devore, Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2023 Arctic geese largely nest in the high Arctic, but as the snowpack has melted, the geese have more space to nest and breed.—Lola Fadulu, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2023 January is an ideal time to see land birds nesting and sea turtles laying their eggs on the beaches.—Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German nest nest, Latin nidus
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a