nest

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See also: Nest, NEST, nést, and n'est

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English nest, from Proto-Germanic *nestaz, from Proto-Indo-European *nisdós (nest), literally "where [the bird] sits down", a compound of *ni (down) (whence also English nether) + the zero-grade of the root *sed- (to sit) (whence also English sit).

Pronunciation[edit]

A Taveta Golden-weaver's elaborate nest
Ground nest of Sprague's Pipit

Noun[edit]

nest (plural nests)

  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; a den.
    a nest of thieves
    That nightclub is a nest of strange people!
    • 1724, Daniel Defoe, A General History of the Pyrates, citing a letter from Captain Mackra dated 16 November, 1720, London: T. Warner, 2nd edition, Chapter 5, p. 119,[1]
      Capt. Kirby and I concluding it might be of great Service to the East-India Company to destroy such a Nest of Rogues, were ready to sail for that purpose []
    • 1895, Frances Power Cobbe, Life of Frances Power Cobbe, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Volume 1, Chapter 10, p. 254,[2]
      Miss Carpenter told me that a short time previously some Bow Street constables had been sent down to this place to ferret out a crime which had been committed there, and that they reported there was not in all London such a nest of wickedness as they had explored.
  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. (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.
  8. (military) A fortified position for a weapon, e.g. a machine gun nest.
  9. (computing) A structure consisting of nested structures, such as nested loops or nested subroutine calls.
    • 1981, Donnamaie E. White, Bit-Slice Design: Controllers and ALU's,[3] Garland STPM Press, ISBN 9780824071035, page 49:
      Subroutine 4 cannot jump out of the subroutine nest in one step. Each return address must be popped from the stack in the order in which it was pushed onto the stack.
    • 1993 August, Bwolen Yang et al., "Do&Merge: Integrating Parallel Loops and Reductions", in Languages and Compilers for Parallel Computing (workshop proceedings), Springer (1994), ISBN 978-3-540-57659-4, page 178:
      Our analysis to this point has assumed that in a loop nest, we are only parallelizing a single loop.
  10. A circular bed of pasta, rice, etc. to be topped or filled with other foods.
  11. (geology) An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
  12. A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
  13. A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.

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An olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) nesting in Singapore

nest (third-person singular simple present nests, present participle nesting, simple past and past participle nested)

  1. (intransitive, of animals) To build or settle into a nest.
  2. (intransitive) To settle into a home.
    We loved the new house and were nesting there in two days!
  3. (intransitive) To successively neatly fit inside another.
    I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for my mother.
  4. (transitive) To place in, or as if in, a nest.
  5. (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.
  6. (intransitive) To hunt for birds' nests or their contents (usually "go nesting").
    • 1895, Alfred Emanuel Smith, Francis Walton
      After the first heavy frost, when acorns were falling, I took a friend into partnership and went nesting.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch nest, from Old Dutch nest, from Proto-Germanic *nestaz. Cognate with English, German Nest etc.

Noun[edit]

nest n (plural nesten, diminutive nestje n)

  1. A nest (place to hatch young, especially bird structure; snug residence; retreat; hideout; home)
  2. (colloquial) One's bed
    Kom uit je nest, ’t is hoogste tijd!
    Get out of bed, it’s late!
  3. A nasty, ill-behaving or pretentious child; a brat.
    Wat een verwend nest!
    What a spoiled, pretentious brat!

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Elfdalian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse næstr, cognate with Swedish näst, English next.

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nest

  1. by, near

Latgalian[edit]

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nest

  1. to carry, to bear, to drive, to sweep

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Adverbial form of neste

Adverb[edit]

nest

  1. next, second
    nest største - second largest

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Adverbial form of neste

Adverb[edit]

nest

  1. next, second
    nest eldst - second oldest

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Old English[edit]

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nest n

  1. A nest

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Welsh[edit]

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nest

  1. (colloquial) second-person singular preterite of gwneud