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“… and we set up nest boxes in order to see …”

meanings of nest


  1. A retreat, or place of habitual resort.
  2. A hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt; a den.
  3. Initialism of native English-speaking teacher.
  4. 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.
  5. A structure consisting of nested structures, such as nested loops or nested subroutine calls.
  6. A circular bed of pasta, rice, etc. to be topped or filled with other foods.
  7. A snug, comfortable, or cosy residence or job situation.
  8. A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
  9. An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
  10. A place used by another mammal, fish, amphibian or insect, for depositing eggs and hatching young.
  11. A fortified position for a weapon.
  12. A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.
  13. A structure built by a bird as a place to incubate eggs and rear young.
  14. A home that a child or young adult shares with a parent or guardian.


  1. To successively neatly fit inside another.
  2. To build or settle into a nest.
  3. To place one thing neatly inside another, and both inside yet another (and so on).
  4. To settle into a home.
  5. To place in, or as if in, a nest.
  6. To hunt for birds' nests or their contents (usually "go nesting").

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