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  Dictionary Definition of nests

1. a structure formed or a place used by a bird for incubation and the rearing of its young.
2. a place used by insects, fishes, turtles, rabbits, or the like, for depositing their eggs or young.
3. a number of birds or animals inhabiting one such place.
4. a snug retreat, or resting place.
5. an assemblage of things lying or set close together, as a series of tables, trays, etc., that fit within each other.
6. a place where something bad is fostered or flourishes: a robbers' nest.
7. the occupants or frequenters of such a place.
-- verb (t)
8. to settle or place in or as in a nest.
9. to fit or place one within another.
-- verb (i)
10. to build or have a nest: the swallows nested under the eaves.
11. to settle in or as in a nest.
12. to search for nests: to go nesting.
13. to fit together or one within another.
[ME and OE, c. G Nest; akin to L ni dus ]