a pocketlike, usually more or less circular structure of twigs, grass, mud, etc., formed by a bird, often high in a tree, as a place in which to lay and incubate its eggs and rear its young; any protected place used by a bird for these purposes.
a place used by insects, fishes, turtles, rabbits, etc., for depositing their eggs or young.
a number of birds, insects, animals, etc., inhabiting one such place.
a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home.
an assemblage of things lying or set close together, as a series of boxes or trays, that fit within each other:
a nest of tables.
a place where something bad is fostered or flourishes:
a nest of vice; a robber’s nest.
the occupants or frequenters of such a place.
verb (used with object)
to settle or place (something) in or as if in a nest:
to nest dishes in straw.
to fit or place one within another:
to nest boxes for more compact storage.
verb (used without object)
to build or have a nest:
The swallows nested under the eaves.
to settle in or as if in a nest.
to fit together or within another or one another:
bowls that nest easily for storage.
to search for or collect nests:
to go nesting.
Computers. to place a routine inside another routine that is at a higher hierarchical level.
a place or structure in which birds, fishes, insects, reptiles, mice, etc, lay eggs or give birth to young
a number of animals of the same species and their young occupying a common habitat: an ants’ nest
a place fostering something undesirable: a nest of thievery
the people in such a place: a nest of thieves
a cosy or secluded place
a set of things, usually of graduated sizes, designed to fit together: a nest of tables
(military) a weapon emplacement: a machine-gun nest
(intransitive) to make or inhabit a nest
(intransitive) to hunt for birds’ nests
(transitive) to place in a nest
Old English nest “bird’s nest, snug retreat,” also “young bird, brood,” from Proto-Germanic *nistaz (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch nest, German Nest), from PIE *nizdo- (cf. Sanskrit nidah “resting place, nest,” Latin nidus “nest,” Old Church Slavonic gnezdo, Old Irish net, Welsh nyth, Breton nez “nest”), probably from *ni “down” + *sed- (1) “to sit” (see sedentary).
Used since Middle English in reference to various accumulations of things (e.g. a nest of drawers, early 18c.). Nest egg “retirement savings” is from 1700, originally “a real or artificial egg left in a nest to induce the hen to go on laying there” (c.1600).
Old English nistan “to build nests,” from Proto-Germanic *nistijanan, from the source of nest (n.). The modern verb is perhaps a new formation in Middle English from the noun. Related: Nested; nesting.
feather one’s nest, love nest
non-surgical embryonic selective thinning
/ˈnɛstə/ noun acronym (in Britain) 1. National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
[nest] /nɛst/ noun 1. a pocketlike, usually more or less circular structure of twigs, grass, mud, etc., formed by a bird, often high in a tree, as a place in which to lay and incubate its eggs and rear its young; any protected place used by a bird for these purposes. 2. a place used […]
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noun 1. a box in a henhouse in which domestic chickens lay eggs 2. a box designed as a nesting place for wild birds and positioned in a garden, park, or reserve to encourage them to breed there
[nes-tid] /ˈnɛs tɪd/ adjective, Mathematics. 1. (of an ordered collection of sets or intervals) having the property that each set is contained in the preceding set and the length or diameter of the sets approaches zero as the number of sets tends to infinity. [nest] /nɛst/ noun 1. a pocketlike, usually more or less circular […]