Webster 1913 Edition
nest; akin to D. & G.
nīḍaresting place, nest; cf. Lith.
neiz, Gael. & Ir.
nead. Prob. from the particle
ni+ the root of E.
sit, and thus orig., a place to sit down in. √ 264. See
Sit, and cf.
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
Matt. viii. 20.
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.
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;
nestof traitors; a
A little cottage, like some poor man’s
An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.
To build and occupy a nest.
The king of birds
nestedwithin his leaves.
To put into a nest; to form a nest for.
From him who
nestedhimself into the chief power.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The place or bed formed or used by a bird for incubation or the mansion of her young, until they are able to fly. The word is used also for the bed in which certain insects deposit their eggs.
2.Any place where irrational animals are produced.
3.An abode; a place of residence; a receptacle of numbers, or the collection itself; usually in an ill sense; as a nest of rogues.
4.A warm close place of abode; generally in contempt.
5.A number of boxes, cases or the like, inserted in each other.
The king of birds nested with its leaves.