What is nest?

  • (verb): Fit together or fit inside.
    Example: "Nested bowls"
    See also — Additional definitions below


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.

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More definitions of "nest":

  • (noun): A cosy or secluded retreat.
  • (verb): Gather nests.
  • (noun): Furniture pieces made to fit close together.
  • (noun): A structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young.
  • (noun): A gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality.
    Example: "A nest of thieves"
  • (verb): Inhabit a nest, usually after building.
    Example: "Birds are nesting outside my window every Spring"
  • (noun): A kind of gun emplacement.
    Example: "A machine-gun nest"; "a nest of snipers"

Famous quotes containing the word nest:

    Without, the frost, the blinding snow,
    The storm-wind’s moody madness—
    Within, the firelight’s ruddy glow,
    And childhood’s nest of gladness.
    The magic words shall hold thee fast:
    Thou shalt not heed the raving blast.
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898)

    Under that wide hearth
    a nest of rattlers,
    they’ll knot a hundred together,
    had wintered and were coming awake.
    The warming rock
    flushed them out early.
    Robert Morgan (b. 1944)