• A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or job situation.
  • A hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt; a den.

    "That nightclub is a nest of strange people!"

  • (military) A fortified position for a weapon, e.g. a machine gun nest.
  • (geology) An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
  • A place used by another mammal, fish, amphibian or insect, for depositing eggs and hatching young.
  • A hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt; a den.

    "a nest of thieves"

  • (card games) A fixed number 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."

  • A circular bed of pasta, rice, etc. to be topped or filled with other foods.
  • A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.
  • A structure built by a bird as a place to incubate eggs and rear young.
  • A retreat, or place of habitual resort.
  • 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."

  • (computing) A structure consisting of nested structures, such as nested loops or nested subroutine calls.
  • A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.


  • (transitive) 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."

  • (intransitive, of animals) To build or settle into a nest.
  • (transitive) To place in, or as if in, a nest.
  • (intransitive) To successively neatly fit inside another.

    "I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for my mother."

  • (intransitive) To hunt for birds' nests or their contents (usually "go nesting").
  • (intransitive) To settle into a home.

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

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