Nest - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |nest|  American pronunciation of the word nest
Brit.  |nest|  British pronunciation of the word nest
- a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young
- a kind of gun emplacement
- a cosy or secluded retreat
- a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
- furniture pieces made to fit close together
- inhabit a nest, usually after building
- fit together or fit inside
- move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position (syn: cuddle, nestle, nuzzle, snuggle)
- gather nests


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.

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.

In May the females build a nest and lay their eggs.

Young eagles leave the nest after only two months.

They say eagles used to nest in those rocks.

Phrases are nested in the dictionary entry for the first major word.

This wire frame is intended to prevent birds from nesting in our chimney.

birds are nesting outside my window every Spring

The birds have left their nest.

A family of birds has built a nest on our roof.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: nest
he/she/it: nests
present participle: nesting
past tense: nested
past participle: nested
singular: nest
plural: nests
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