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nest

noun \ ˈnest \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of nest

1 a : a bed or receptacle prepared by an animal and especially a bird for its eggs and young
b : a place or specially modified structure serving as an abode of animals and especially of their immature stages
  • an ants' nest
c : a receptacle resembling a bird's nest
2 a : a place of rest, retreat, or lodging : home
  • grown children who have left the nest
b : den, hangout
3 : the occupants or frequenters of a nest
4 a : a group of similar things
  • a nest of giant mountains
  • —Helen MacInnes
b : hotbed 2
  • a nest of rebellion
5 : a group of objects made to fit close together or one within another
6 : an emplaced group of weapons

Examples of nest in a Sentence

  1. The bird built a nest out of small twigs.

  2. If you look closely, you can see a nest in that tree.

  3. They lived in a cozy little nest in the suburbs.

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Origin and Etymology of nest

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German nest nest, Latin nidus


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nest

verb

Definition of nest

intransitive verb
1 : to build or occupy a nest : settle in or as if in a nest
2 : to fit compactly together or within one another : embed
transitive verb
1 : to form a nest for
2 : to pack compactly together
3 : to form a hierarchy, series, or sequence of with each member, element, or set contained in or containing the next
  • nested subroutines

Examples of nest in a Sentence

  1. Robins nested in the tree.

  2. She studied the nesting habits of the turtle.

  3. The set of four chairs can nest into one stack.

  4. The smaller bowl is designed to nest inside the larger one.

Recent Examples of nest from the Web

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First Known Use of nest

13th century



NEST Defined for English Language Learners

nest

noun

Definition of nest for English Language Learners

  • : the place where a bird lays its eggs and takes care of its young

  • : a place where an animal or insect lives and usually lays eggs or takes care of its young

  • : a home where people live


nest

verb

Definition of nest for English Language Learners

  • : to build or live in a nest

  • : to fit inside each other


NEST Defined for Kids

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nest

noun \ ˈnest \

Definition of nest for Students

1 : a shelter made by an animal and especially a bird for its eggs and young
2 : a place where some animals live and usually lay eggs
  • a termite's nest
3 : a cozy place : home
4 : those living in a nest
  • a nest of robins

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nest

verb

Definition of nest for Students

nested; nesting
: to build or live in a nest
  • nesting birds

Medical Dictionary

nest

noun \ ˈnest \

medical Definition of nest

: an isolated collection or clump of cells in tissue of a different structure
  • a nest of sarcomatous cells


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