Nest

Definition of Nest

Pronunciation: nĕst
n.1.The bed or receptacle prepared by a fowl for holding her eggs and for hatching and rearing her young.
The birds of the air have nests.
- Matt. viii. 20.
2.The place in which the eggs of other animals, as insects, turtles, etc., are laid and hatched; a snug place in which young animals are reared.
3.A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or situation; a retreat, or place of habitual resort; hence, those who occupy a nest, frequent a haunt, or are associated in the same pursuit; as, a nest of traitors; a nest of bugs.
A little cottage, like some poor man's nest.
- Spenser.
4.(Geol.) An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
5.A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
6.(Mech.) A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.
v. i.1.To build and occupy a nest.
The king of birds nested within his leaves.
- Howell.
v. t.1.To put into a nest; to form a nest for.
From him who nested himself into the chief power.
- South.

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