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nest

nest

 
pronunciation:
nest
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a structure used by a bird to lay eggs and rear young, often constructed on a tree, in high grass, or in a cavity using twigs, fibers, and the like.
 
definition 2: any place constructed or used by an animal to lay eggs or rear young.
definition 3: a number of animals inhabiting a single nest.
a nest of hornets
 
definition 4: a comfortable place for seclusion or retreat.
definition 5: a group of objects of graduated size that can be fit within one another.
definition 6: a place where rapid growth or free development of something is encouraged, or the people who frequent it; hotbed.
a nest of controversya nest of thieves
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: nested, nesting, nests
definition 1: to place within one another.
He nested the mixing bowls for easy storage.
definition 2: to put into or as if into a nest.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to construct or occupy a nest and rear young.
Many birds nest here in spring.
similar words:
burrow, nestle
definition 2: to easily fit within one another, as like objects of graduated sizes, such as boxes or bowls.
definition 3: to go out searching for birds' nests.
derivation: nester (n.)
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  animal, bird, home, insect, reproduction, rodent, spider, tree