A nest is a shelter or other structure that an animal uses for laying eggs or giving birth. If a bird is collecting string and straw and twigs in your yard, she's probably building a nest in a nearby tree.

Large birds of prey build nests that can be six feet high, in trees or on buildings, and up to three feet wide. Owls often make nests in tree hollows, while orioles build elaborate hammock-like nests that hang from branches. Foxes, mice, and raccoons also build nests, and people can make nests too, cozy spots to settle for a nap. As a verb, nest means "to build a nest or fit inside something larger."

Definitions of nest
  1. noun
    a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young
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    beehive, hive
    a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree
    bird nest, bird's nest, birdnest
    nest where birds lay their eggs and hatch their young
    the nest of a squirrel
    mouse nest, mouse's nest
    where mice bear and raise their young
    a nest in which spiders or insects deposit their eggs
    aerie, aery, eyrie, eyry
    the lofty nest of a bird of prey (such as a hawk or eagle)
    hornet's nest, hornets' nest, wasp's nest, wasps' nest
    habitation for wasps or hornets
    type of:
    natural object
    an object occurring naturally; not made by man
  2. noun
    a cosy or secluded retreat
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    a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
  3. noun
    furniture pieces made to fit close together
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    article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
    furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
  4. verb
    gather nests
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    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together
  5. verb
    inhabit a nest, usually after building
    “birds are nesting outside my window every Spring”
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    dwell, inhabit, live, populate
    inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
  6. verb
    fit together or fit inside
    nested bowls”
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    embed, engraft, imbed, implant, plant
    fix or set securely or deeply
  7. verb
    move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
    synonyms: cuddle, draw close, nestle, nuzzle, snuggle
    nestle, snuggle
    position comfortably
    draw close
    pull towards oneself
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    cling to, clutch, hold close, hold tight
    hold firmly, usually with one's hands
  8. noun
    a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
    “a nest of thieves”
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    sleeper nest
    a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal
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    gang, mob, pack, ring
    an association of criminals
  9. noun
    a kind of gun emplacement
    “a machine-gun nest
    “a nest of snipers”
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    gun emplacement, weapons emplacement
    an emplacement for a gun
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