• 27. Nest of Osmia in a gall
    27. Nest of Osmia in a gall
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v nest gather nests
    • v nest 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"
    • v nest fit together or fit inside "nested bowls"
    • v nest inhabit a nest, usually after building "birds are nesting outside my window every Spring"
    • n nest a kind of gun emplacement "a machine-gun nest","a nest of snipers"
    • n nest furniture pieces made to fit close together
    • n nest a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality "a nest of thieves"
    • n nest a cosy or secluded retreat
    • n nest a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Four girls in a row at a nest Four girls in a row at a nest
Oriole's nest Oriole's nest
Crow on Nest Crow on Nest

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sex of a baby crocodile is determined by the temperature in the nest and how deeply the eggs are buried
    • Nest A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
    • Nest (Mech) A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.
    • Nest 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 ."
    • Nest (Geol) An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
    • Nest 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 ."
    • Nest 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.
    • v. i Nest To build and occupy a nest. "The king of birds nested within his leaves."
    • v. t Nest To put into a nest; to form a nest for. "From him who nested himself into the chief power."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the winter, squirrels make waterproof nests in hollow trees.
    • n nest A structure formed or used by a bird for incubation and the rearing of its young. Such nesting-places are of the most diverse character, some birds making a slight nest or none at all, while others construct for their eggs receptacles requiring remarkable skill and industry. The materials used are also extremely various, as twigs, leaves, grass, moss, wool, feathers, mud or clay, etc. Some birds, for the sake of safety, excavate burrows for their nests in banks or sandy cliffs, or holes in trees. See cuts under hive-nest.
    • n nest A place where the eggs of insects, turtles, etc., are laid; a place in which the young of certain small animals are reared, or a number of such animals dwelling together: as, a nest of rabbits.
    • n nest A snug place of residence; habitation; abode.
    • n nest Any abode, especially of evil things: as, a nest of vice.
    • n nest A number of persons dwelling or consorting together or resorting to the same haunt, or the haunt itself: generally in a bad sense.
    • n nest A series or set, as of boxes, baskets, trays, bowls, etc., of diminishing sizes, each fitting within the next in order.
    • n nest A connected series of cog-wheels or pulleys.
    • n nest In geology, an aggregated mass of any ore or mineral in an isolated state, within a rock.
    • nest To build or occupy a nest.
    • nest To relieve nature.
    • nest To search for nests: as, to go nesting or bird-nesting.
    • nest To lodge or house in or as in a nest; provide with a place of shelter or resort; build habitations for; house: often used reflexively.
    • nest To place (articles of graduated size belonging to a set) one within another. See nest, n., 6.
    • nest A Middle English form of next.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When ants find food, they lay down a chemical trail, called a pheromone, so that other ants can find their way from the nest to the food source.
    • n Nest nest the bed formed by a bird for hatching her young: the place in which the eggs of any animal are laid and hatched: a comfortable residence: a number of persons haunting one place for a bad purpose: the place itself: a number of baskets or boxes each fitting inside the next larger
    • v.t Nest to form a nest for
    • v.i Nest to build and occupy a nest
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  • Malabar Proverb
    Malabar Proverb
    “Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.”
  • P. D. James
    P. D. James
    “God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    “He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.”


Cuckoo in the nest - Is an issue or a problem, etc, is a cuckoo in the nest, it grows quickly and crowds out everything else.
Feather your own nest - If someone feathers their own nest, they use their position or job for personal gain.
Hornets' nest - A hornets' nest is a violent situation or one with a lot of dispute. (If you create the problem, you 'stir up a hornets' nest'.)
Nest egg - If you have some money saved for the future, it is a nest egg.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. nest,; akin to D. & G. nest, Sw. näste, L. nidus, for nisdus, Skr. nīḍa, 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. √ 264. See Nether, and Sit, and cf. Eyas Nidification Nye


In literature:

The female has sometimes to be taken off the nest, and even to be held in the hand, before the eggs can be examined.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
When she has a nest full of eggs, she sits upon them, keeping them warm with her body for three weeks.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
The ground-birds had their nests in it.
"Bobby of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
After this, line the nest with dry moss.
"Wild Ducks" by W. Coape Oates
His mate was perched on the bough above the nest, but what was that in the nest below?
"What the Blackbird said" by Mrs. Frederick Locker
The teacher told the children what the trouble was, and asked if the nest should be taken out.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
After getting used to the dim light in the hollow of the tree, he saw, a good way above his head, a curious nest.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
There is no bolder robber of nests.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
I'm not very far from my nest now.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [March 1897]" by Various
We like to have our nests by a fallen tree.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [January, 1897]" by Various

In poetry:

No more that unenquiring heart
Perused the sweet home of her breast,
Than turtle-doves unline their nest
To scan the outer part
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Throbbing thro' the dawning stillness!
As a heart within a breast,
When the young beloved is stepping
Radiant to the nuptial nest.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
I HEARD in the night the pigeons
Stirring within their nest:
The wild pigeons' stir was tender,
Like a child's hand at the breast.
"No Child" by Padraic Colum
Blijft gij nooit een blanken uchtend,
Leeuwrik, zingen hier beneen,
Die uw nachtlijk nest ontvluchtend
Door de zilvren neevlen heen
"Leeuwerik" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
With flames they threaten to destroy
Thy children in their nest;
"Come, let us burn at once," they cry,
"The temple and the priest."
"Psalm LXXIV: Will God For Ever Cast Us Off?" by Isaac Watts
But leaves were thick, and woods were green,
Where summer saw their love,
And none could tell Dunolly where
Was nesting his wild dove.
"Dunolly's Daughter" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Dot's Eagles contemplate flying the Pop Warner nest.
View full size Photo provided Angela Smith, of Philadelphia, and Matt Dell'Olio are shown in a scene from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
"Cuckoo's Nest" Hospital Remains: 3,500 Unclaimed Souls.
Swine Flu Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The Nation.
"Cuckoo's Nest" was published by Viking Press in early 1962 to enthusiastic reviews.
Jack Nicholson in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.'.
Inside the Nest of Kristen Nix.
The game begins with Cedric, the ruler of Dahlia 's nest, learning about the existence of a potion that lets vampires venture out in daylight.
Bright egg teeth help flickers find chicks in dark nesting cavities.
The eagle dad feeds the three eaglets in this image captured by a webcam on a Decorah, Iowa, nest.
Since the egg-based cocktails trend recently came pecking along, mixologists have been hatching ideas to come up with recipes for unusual drinks to help feather their bartending nests.
A gigabit HP-ProCurve network switch in a nest of Cat5 cables.
Stork Nest chair in steel and twine wire by Démiurge New York, 212-593-2470.

In science:

Nesting of electron pockets between inequivalent X-points was suggested in Ref. as another source of CDW and SDW instabilities, which does not involve holes from the valence band.
Comment on "Electronic fine structure in the electron-hole plasma of SrB6"
The nesting condition refers to a sign change under translation in momentum space: ǫ(k +Q) ≈ −ǫ(k).
Comment on "Electronic fine structure in the electron-hole plasma of SrB6"
When the applied field is reversed a third time from h′′ to h′′′ (h′′′ < h′′ ), expressions for the magnetization on the nested return loop follow the same structure as the one on the tra jectory from h to h′ .
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
This occurs since nested commutators of generators contain derivatives of arbitrarily high order.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
La th´eorie permettant d’obtenir l’´equation de transport limite n’est compl`ete que pour l’´equation (scalaire) de Schr¨odinger [5, 14].
Time Reversal for Classical Waves in Random Media