nest

noun
\ ˈnest How to pronounce nest (audio) \

Definition of nest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : 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
4a : a group of similar things a nest of giant mountains— Helen MacInnes
b : hotbed sense 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

nest

verb
nested; nesting; nests

Definition of nest (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Noun 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because of this inexperience, mistakes are made and people pay unnecessary taxes and penalties on their retirement nest eggs. Bob Carlson, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Shenmi and Lin spent most of their time in the nest box after her birth. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 20 Sep. 2021 Others have part-time work or contracting assignments, helping soon-to-be retirees build up their nest eggs while keeping their institutional knowledge for longer. Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 Others have part-time work or contracting assignments, helping soon-to-be retirees build up their nest eggs while keeping their institutional knowledge for longer. Dallas News, 23 July 2021 Over the summer, and since, that trepidation manifested in the complicated saga of one pool in one condominium on one beach where a turtle came to nest — the story of how Puerto Rico’s bucolic past came to meet its paved present. New York Times, 6 Nov. 2021 To successfully hatch and raise cassowary chicks, people would need to know where the nests were, know when the eggs were laid and remove them from the nest just before hatching. Katie Hunt, CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 The nest was well hidden at the top of a tall spruce tree. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2021 The nest was in a dead areca-nut palm in the backyard which his parents had deliberately left standing to attract wildlife. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Breeding occurs throughout the year, and the grasshopper sparrow might nest upward of three times during a season. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Some birds stick it out, but many move on and do not nest at all. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2021 Now the windmill is gone, the building is fenced off and the only families around are the broods of gulls, who nest on the roof and streak neighbors with guano. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2021 Volunteers spend the fall preparing two manmade islands — North Tern Island and South Tern Island — taking on vegetation management projects so the birds can nest, Loebl said. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Bring hands together and nest one corner inside the other, flipping the outer one so the right side now faces out. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Experts believe the birds were able to nest on the beach because human access to the sand was restricted by COVID-19 lockdowns. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 5 July 2021 Many brides with unusual ring silhouettes like mine turn to custom band designs so their stacks can nest together seamlessly. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, 17 June 2021 According to the Oregon State University, the Asian giant hornets are not expected to nest in and around homes in urban areas. USA Today, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of nest

Noun

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

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nest

Noun

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

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

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Nessus

nest

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23 Nov 2021

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“Nest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nest. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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nest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of nest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to build or live in a nest
: to fit inside each other

nest

noun
\ ˈnest How to pronounce nest (audio) \

Kids Definition of nest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

nest

verb
nested; nesting

Kids Definition of nest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to build or live in a nest nesting birds

nest

noun
\ ˈnest How to pronounce nest (audio) \

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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