nest

[nest]
noun
1.
a pocketlike, usually more or less circular structure of twigs, grass, mud, etc., formed by a bird, often high in a tree, as a place in which to lay and incubate its eggs and rear its young; any protected place used by a bird for these purposes.
2.
a place used by insects, fishes, turtles, rabbits, etc., for depositing their eggs or young.
3.
a number of birds, insects, animals, etc., inhabiting one such place.
4.
a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home.
5.
an assemblage of things lying or set close together, as a series of boxes or trays, that fit within each other: a nest of tables.
6.
a place where something bad is fostered or flourishes: a nest of vice; a robber's nest.
7.
the occupants or frequenters of such a place.
verb (used with object)
8.
to settle or place (something) in or as if in a nest: to nest dishes in straw.
9.
to fit or place one within another: to nest boxes for more compact storage.
verb (used without object)
10.
to build or have a nest: The swallows nested under the eaves.
11.
to settle in or as if in a nest.
12.
to fit together or within another or one another: bowls that nest easily for storage.
13.
to search for or collect nests: to go nesting.
14.
Computers. to place a routine inside another routine that is at a higher hierarchical level.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English (cognate with Dutch, German nest; akin to Latin nīdus nest, Old Irish net, Welsh nyth, Sanskrit nīḍa lair) ≪ Indo-European *nizdo- bird's nest, equivalent to *ni down (see nether) + *zd-, variant of *sd-, ablaut variant of *sed-, v. base meaning “sit” (see sit) + *-o- theme vowel

nestable, adjective
nester, noun
nestlike, adjective
nesty, adjective
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nest (nɛst)
 
n
1.  a place or structure in which birds, fishes, insects, reptiles, mice, etc, lay eggs or give birth to young
2.  a number of animals of the same species and their young occupying a common habitat: an ants' nest
3.  a place fostering something undesirable: a nest of thievery
4.  the people in such a place: a nest of thieves
5.  a cosy or secluded place
6.  a set of things, usually of graduated sizes, designed to fit together: a nest of tables
7.  military a weapon emplacement: a machine-gun nest
 
vb
8.  (intr) to make or inhabit a nest
9.  (intr) to hunt for birds' nests
10.  (tr) to place in a nest
 
[Old English; related to Latin nīdus (nest) and to beneath, sit]
 
'nester
 
n
 
'nestlike
 
adj

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nest
O.E. nest "bird's nest, snug retreat," from P.Gmc. *nistaz (cf. M.L.G., M.Du., Ger. nest), from PIE *nizdo- (cf. Skt. nidah "resting place, nest," L. nidus "nest," O.C.S. gnezdo, O.Ir. net, Welsh nyth, Bret. nez "nest"), probably from *ni "down" + *sed- "sit." Used since M.E. in ref. to various accumulations
of things (e.g. a nest of drawers, early 18c.). The verb is O.E. nistan, from P.Gmc. *nistijanan. Nest egg "retirement savings" is from 1700, originally "a real or artificial egg left in a nest to induce the hen to go on laying there" (1606).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
NEST
non-surgical embryonic selective thinning
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