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Dictionary Definition

nest

Noun

1 a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young
2 a kind of gun emplacement; "a machine-gun nest"; "a nest of snipers"
3 a cosy or secluded retreat
4 a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality; "a nest of thieves"
5 furniture pieces made to fit close together

Verb

1 inhabit a nest, usually after building; "birds are nesting outside my window every Spring"
2 fit together or fit inside; "nested bowls"
3 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" [syn: cuddle, snuggle, nestle, nuzzle, draw close]
4 gather nests

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /nɛst/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛst

Noun

  1. A structure built by a bird as a place to incubate eggs and rear young
  2. a place used by another mammal, fish, amphibian or insect, for depositing eggs and hatching young
  3. A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or job situation
  4. a retreat, or place of habitual resort
  5. a hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt
    That nightclub is a nest of strange people!
  6. 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. In the context of "cards": 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.
  1. a structure in a programming code, like blocks, functions, subroutines, etc.

Derived terms

Translations

bird-built structure
place for depositing eggs
snug residence
retreat
  • Arabic:
  • Dutch: nestje (diminutive of nest)
  • Esperanto: nesto
  • German: Nest
  • Italian: nido
hideout
(computing) a structure in a programing code

Verb

  1. Of animals: To build or settle into a nest.
  2. To settle into a home.
    We loved the new house and were nesting there in 2 days!
  3. To successively neatly fit inside another.
    I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for mom.
  4. To place in, or as if in, a nest.
  5. 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.

See also

Translations

build or settle into a nest
settle into a home
successively neatly fit
to place in a nest
to succesively place inside another

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A structure built or used by a bird or other animal as a place to incubate eggs and/or rear the hatched young, or as permanent dwelling
  2. A nasty girl

Old English

Pronunciation

/nest/

Noun

nest

Declension

Descendants

Extensive Definition

Bird's Nest redirects here, for the Olympic Stadium see Beijing National Stadium A nest is a place of refuge built to hold an animal's eggs and/or provide a place to raise their 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 be used.
Generally each species has a distinctive style of nest. Nests can be found in many different habitats.
Nests are built primarily by birds, but also by mammals, fish, insects and reptiles.
They may have some or all of the following zones: attachment; outer decorative layer; structural layer; lining.
Some birds will build nests in trees, some (such as vultures, eagles, and many seabirds like Kittiwakes) will build them on rocky ledges, and others nest on the ground or in burrows.

Bird nest

Most species of birds build some sort of nest, though some lay their eggs directly onto rock ledges or bare soil without first modifying the area. Nest types vary from the very simple scrape, which is merely a shallow depression in soil or vegetation, to the elaborately woven pendant or sphere; some bird species use cavities in trees or dig burrows into the ground.

Names of nests

Gallery

References

  • Hansell, Bird nests and construction behaviour, CUP 2005, ISBN 0-521-01764-5

See also

nest in Arabic: عش
nest in Aymara: Tapa
nest in Bosnian: Gnijezdo
nest in Catalan: Niu
nest in Czech: Hnízdo
nest in Danish: rede
nest in German: Nest
nest in Modern Greek (1453-): Φωλιά
nest in Spanish: Nido
nest in Esperanto: Nesto
nest in French: Nid
nest in Scottish Gaelic: Nead
nest in Korean: 둥지
nest in Croatian: Gnijezdo
nest in Indonesian: Sarang
nest in Icelandic: Hreiður
nest in Italian: Nido
nest in Hebrew: קן
nest in Georgian: ბუდე (ნაგებობა)
nest in Lithuanian: Lizdas
nest in Malayalam: കൂട്
nest in Dutch: Vogelnest
nest in Japanese: 巣
nest in Norwegian: Fuglerede
nest in Norwegian Nynorsk: Reir
nest in Polish: Gniazdo (etologia)
nest in Portuguese: Ninho
nest in Quechua: Q'isa
nest in Russian: Гнездо
nest in Sicilian: Nidu
nest in Simple English: Nest
nest in Slovenian: Gnezdo
nest in Serbian: Гнездо
nest in Finnish: Pesä
nest in Swedish: Rede
nest in Tajik: Лона
nest in Chinese: 巢

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