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Nest Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    nest n
  1. a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young
  2. a kind of gun emplacement; "a machine-gun nest"; "a nest of snipers"
  3. a cosy or secluded retreat
  4. a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality; "a nest of thieves"
  5. furniture pieces made to fit close together v
  6. inhabit a nest, usually after building; "birds are nesting outside my window every Spring"
  7. fit together or fit inside; "nested bowls"
  8. move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position; "We cuddled against each other to keep warm"; "The children snuggled into their sleeping bags" [syn: cuddle, snuggle, nestle, nuzzle, draw close]
  9. gather nests
Nest Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Nest \Nest\, n. [AS. nest; akin to D. & G. nest, Sw. n["a]ste, L. nidus, for nisdus, Skr. n[=i]?a resting place, nest; cf. Lith. lizdas, Arm. neiz, Gael. & Ir. nead. Prob. from the particle ni down, Skr. ni + the root of E. sit, and thus orig., a place to sit down in. [root] 26
  1. See Nether, and Sit, and cf. Eyas, Nidification, Nye.]
  2. 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.
  3. Hence: 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. --Bentley.
  4. 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.
  5. (Geol.) An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
  6. A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
  7. (Mech.) A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively. Nest egg, an egg left in the nest to prevent the hen from forsaking it, and to induce her to lay more in the same place; hence, figuratively, something laid up as the
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Nest'

A nest is a place of refuge to hold an animal's eggs and/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 be used.

Generally each species has a distinctive style of nest. Nests can be found in many different habitats. They are built primarily by birds, but also by mammals (e.g. squirrels), fish, insects (e.g. wasps and termites) and reptiles (e.g. snakes and turtles).

The urge to prepare an area for the building of a nest is referred to as the nesting instinct and may occur in both mammals and birds.

Most species of birds build some sort of nest, though some lay their eggs directly onto rock ledges or bare soil without first modifying the area.

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* Just as bees will swarm about to protect their nest, so will I 'swarm about' to protect my nest of chocolate eggs. - Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

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