What does nest mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nest(noun)

    a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young

  2. nest(noun)

    a kind of gun emplacement

    "a machine-gun nest"; "a nest of snipers"

  3. nest(noun)

    a cosy or secluded retreat

  4. nest(noun)

    a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality

    "a nest of thieves"

  5. nest(verb)

    furniture pieces made to fit close together

  6. nest(verb)

    inhabit a nest, usually after building

    "birds are nesting outside my window every Spring"

  7. nest(verb)

    fit together or fit inside

    "nested bowls"

  8. cuddle, snuggle, nestle, nest, nuzzle, draw close(verb)

    move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position

    "We cuddled against each other to keep warm"; "The children snuggled into their sleeping bags"

  9. nest(verb)

    gather nests


  1. nest(Noun)

    A structure built by a bird as a place to incubate eggs and rear young.

  2. nest(Noun)

    A place used by another mammal, fish, amphibian or insect, for depositing eggs and hatching young.

  3. nest(Noun)

    A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or job situation.

  4. nest(Noun)

    A retreat, or place of habitual resort.

  5. nest(Noun)

    A hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt; a den.

  6. nest(Noun)

    A home that a child or young adult shares with a parent, guardian, or a person acting in the capacity of a parent or guardian. A parental home.

    I am aspiring to leave the nest.

  7. nest(Noun)

    A fixed amount of cards in some bidding games awarded to the highest bidder allowing him to exchange any or all with cards in his hand.

    I was forced to change trumps when I found the ace, jack, and nine of diamonds in the nest.

  8. nest(Noun)

    A fortified position for a weapon, e.g. a machine gun nest.

  9. nest(Noun)

    A structure consisting of nested structures, such as nested loops or nested subroutine calls.

  10. nest(Verb)

    To build or settle into a nest.

  11. nest(Verb)

    To settle into a home.

    We loved the new house and were nesting there in 2 days!

  12. nest(Verb)

    To successively neatly fit inside another.

    I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for mom.

  13. nest(Verb)

    To place in, or as if in, a nest.

  14. nest(Verb)

    To place one thing neatly inside another, and both inside yet another (and so on).

    There would be much more room in the attic if you had nested all the empty boxes.

  15. nest(Verb)

    To hunt for birds' nests or their contents (usually "go nesting").

  16. nest(Noun)

    Pasta formed into a round shape.

  17. Origin: From nest, from nestaz, from nisdós, a compound of ni and the zero-grade of the root sed- (whence also English sit).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nest(noun)

    the bed or receptacle prepared by a fowl for holding her eggs and for hatching and rearing her young

  2. Nest(noun)

    hence: the place in which the eggs of other animals, as insects, turtles, etc., are laid and hatched; a snug place in which young animals are reared

  3. Nest(noun)

    a snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or situation; a retreat, or place of habitual resort; hence, those who occupy a nest, frequent a haunt, or are associated in the same pursuit; as, a nest of traitors; a nest of bugs

  4. Nest(noun)

    an aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock

  5. Nest(noun)

    a collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger

  6. Nest(noun)

    a compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively

  7. Nest(verb)

    to build and occupy a nest

  8. Nest(verb)

    to put into a nest; to form a nest for

  9. Origin: [AS. nest; akin to D. & G. nest, Sw. nste, L. nidus, for nisdus, Skr. na resting place, nest; cf. Lith. lizdas, Arm. neiz, Gael. & Ir. nead. Prob. from the particle ni down, Skr. ni + the root of E. sit, and thus orig., a place to sit down in. 264. See Nether, and Sit, and cf. Eyas, Nidification, Nye.]


  1. Nest

    A nest is a place of refuge to hold an animal's eggs or provide a place to live or raise offspring. They are usually made of some organic material such as twigs, grass, and leaves; or may simply be a depression in the ground, or a hole in a tree, rock or building. Human-made materials, such as string, plastic, cloth, hair or paper, may also be used. Generally each species has a distinctive style of nest. Nests can be found in many different habitats. They are built primarily by birds, but also by mammals, fish, insects and reptiles. The urge to prepare an area for the building of a nest is referred to as the nesting instinct and may occur in both mammals and birds.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nest

    nest, n. the bed formed by a bird for hatching her young: the place in which the eggs of any animal are laid and hatched: a comfortable residence: a number of persons haunting one place for a bad purpose: the place itself: a number of baskets or boxes each fitting inside the next larger.—v.t. to form a nest for.—v.i. to build and occupy a nest.—n. Nest′-egg, an egg left in the nest to keep the hen from forsaking it: something laid up as the beginning of an accumulation.—Feather one's nest, to provide for one's self, esp. from other people's property of which one has had charge. [A.S. nest; Ger. nest, L. nīdus.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nest' in Nouns Frequency: #2010

Anagrams for nest »

  1. Sten

  2. tens, TENS

  3. sent, sent.

  4. nets

  5. ents

  6. Sent.

  7. Tens


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nest in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    Solitude is the nest of thoughts.

  2. William Blake:

    The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

  3. Leigh Warneminde:

    He was quite vigorous while walking from the nest to the ocean.

  4. Brad Hilliard:

    It hasn't turned up yet, i just assume it's being used in a nest!

  5. J. G. Holland:

    God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

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