Adjective "nesting" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A structure or place made or chosen by a bird for laying eggs and sheltering its young.
  1. as modifier 'a nest site'
  2. 'The female stays on the nest and broods the young for the first week or so after they hatch.'
  3. 'When they are raising young or robbing nests, Steller's Jays become very quiet and inconspicuous.'
  4. 'While they are not highly territorial with their own species, they are aggressive toward other species and may drive native birds out of their nests.'
  5. 'One to three days after hatching, the young leave the nest and hide in nearby cover.'
  6. 'Last summer, Caitlin observed bald eaglets fledging from nests at two sites.'
  7. 'This bird was feeding young in a nest perched in the eaves of one of the temple buildings.'
  8. 'All birds in the nest need protein, the kind that comes from any type of bug.'
  9. 'The young leave the nest soon after they hatch and find their own food immediately.'
  10. 'They said this work should have been delayed until after the birds had nested and young had left the nests.'
  11. 'Both birds work at nest building, but before this begins there is much play.'
  12. 'Leaf-cutting ants travel from their nests to trees and hack off bits of leaves, which they grip in their mandibles.'
  13. 'EPS, polyurethane, and isocyanurate foam provide the ideal environment for an insect nest.'
  14. 'Common wasps are social insects and live in nests of up to around 10,000 workers.'
  15. 'In others, it may include completion of a rite of passage, such as getting buried up to your chin in an ant nest on your thirteenth birthday.'
  16. 'They use their long claws to expose the insect's nests.'
  17. 'The second ant emerging from the nest in search of food was much more likely to follow the trail left by the first ant than to go in search of the second food source.'
  18. 'A typical army ant species lives in nests underground that are built out of the living bodies of its workers.'
  19. 'Instead of finding something for her to eat, she found a nest of large insects of the predatory variety.'
  20. 'Colin Marlow, 56, was attacked by the insects after disturbing a nest on his smallholding.'
  21. 'When the forest floor is blanketed in snow, the birds use their powerful bills to dig out ant nests from tree trunks and tree bases.'
  22. 'potato nests filled with okra'
  23. 'As she waits with the horse, he takes his time finding his way around and she falls asleep on a nest of leaves near the horse.'
  24. 'Pull the baby runners back into the rows so they are not trodden on later, lifting the ripening berries up and carefully coddling each plant in a nest of straw.'
  25. 'In the end I gave in and joined the two of them and then all three of us snoozed the rest of the day away, all snuggled together in a nest of warm wool.'
  26. 'Mrs Grey is, as I write, curled up on the floor of my study in a nest of patchwork pieces.'
  27. 'He had a nest of black hair and his skin was tanned and wrinkled, though not necessarily by age.'
  28. 'Afterwards, fuelled by chocolate Santa heads, I would sit in a nest of crumpled, torn wrapping paper, impatient for the new year to move quickly.'
  29. 'The woman on the other hand had dark, auburn hair that was pulled back into a nest of braids on the back of her head.'
  30. 'When I make these for the real event I'm going to make bowls or nests for the apples to sit in so no one has to tear away spiky sugar.'
  31. 'One of my personal favourites is the pisto manchego, a smoky-tasting sautéed veggie dish served in a crisp nest of shredded potato.'
  32. 'He was lying on his back in a nest of bedding on the floor of the central corridor, and the past was confusing.'
  33. 'I'm off to my cosy nest'
  34. 'His library became a nest, a retreat of perfect ideas perfectly poised.'
  35. 'Make your bedroom a snug, safe nest, with a maximum of comfort and a minimum of distraction.'
A place filled with undesirable people, activities, or things.
  1. 'He is led off to execution, content to ‘die after a nest of dukes’.'
  2. 'They know what it means to be tiny spots on the map, remembered only if embroiled in a terrible conflict that turns the whole region into a nest of unrest.'
  3. 'Most charges focus on the Mafia's control of New York's waterfront, vast and beautiful, but for years a nest of corruption.'
  4. 'He winces when a dozen members of Company B are mistaken for a nest of rebels one night and are targeted for a U.S. air strike.'
  5. 'Interesting, cos they are not portrayed as a tight, likeable team, but a nest of corruption and depraved power-to-commerce cynicism.'
  6. 'Apparently there is something wrong with this - cleaning out a nest of public nuisances, expensive ones at that.'
  7. 'Welfare is now seen as a tool for training the impoverished, not a nest of dependence or a barrier to performance.'
  8. 'It made me realise I'm living in a nest of privileged Tory vipers!'
  9. 'To wrap things up, he repeats that he sees the RA as a great opportunity, not as a nest of problems.'
  10. 'All over the region, people are revisiting a nest of grievances.'
A set of similar objects of graduated sizes, made so that each smaller one fits into the next in size for storage.
  1. 'I sit on a sofa that is part of an old three-piece suite around a nest of tables.'
  2. 'In the burial chamber, a nest of four golden shrines, each sitting within the other, are removed, to reveal a stone sarcophagus.'
  3. 'This consists of a nest of polished steel tubes that have been likened both to organ pipes and to the pine trunks of the Finnish forests.'


(of a bird or other animal) use or build a nest.
  1. 'do not disturb nesting birds'
  2. 'This protected bird species had nested at the Baltic for many years and had to be moved to specially built nesting areas further down the river.'
  3. 'The birds were nesting next to my bedroom window.'
  4. 'My daughter then pointed out a tree to the right of the cricket green as you look towards the common, where two other similar birds were nesting.'
  5. 'Mice nested in the wellington boots, and the tank-suit got a bad case of wet rot from a small hole in the roof.'
  6. 'In 1982 the clock stopped when snow landed on it and the hands froze and some years later it stopped again when a bird nested in it.'
  7. 'It looked like a bird was nesting on the top of her head.'
  8. 'There they grew to a modest size, birds nested in them and they appeared to cause no trouble.'
  9. 'Many birds are nesting earlier than they used to, while others are overwintering in this country instead of migrating to warmer parts.'
  10. 'Wildlife experts are delighted with the record number of youngsters, particularly as it is only the second year the birds have nested in the county in living memory.'
  11. 'Interesting water birds and several species of ducks and warblers nest there.'
Fit (an object or objects) inside a larger one.
  1. 'To break up the expanse of a not-so-Victorian double garage door, the couple came up with a design that looks like two structures, one nested inside the other.'
  2. 'Kettles were extremely durable and easily transported by nesting them inside one another.'
  3. 'The actual volcanic crater is one of the largest in the world as the town of Soufriere is neatly nested into the land based half, while the other portion lies under water and extends northward in the direction of Martinique's Soufiere.'
  4. 'The disk is nested inside an elliptical ring of older, cooler, redder stars, which was seen in previous Hubble and ground-based observations.'
  5. 'And then a counter, all along the wall, only the cabinets below were all for wine - pull out drawers in which bottles were nested.'
  6. 'The slender Caprivi Strip is nested between Zambia and Botswana and is a wet area of woodland blessed with a few rivers.'
  7. 'Russian dolls that nest inside one another'
  8. 'Still, only golf sets up its challenges in such a tidy row, a telescoping succession like that of Russian dolls nested one inside the other.'
  9. 'They say the result could explain why graphite lubricant - a spray of randomly oriented flakes - works so well, and why carbon nanotubes nested inside each other spin unexpectedly freely.'
  10. 'In the 28 January print issue of PRL, researchers calculate that a group of concentric nanotubes nested inside an outer set of tubes can slide back and forth a billion times every second.'
  11. 'organisms classified in a series of nested sets'
  12. 'The RANDOM statement of this procedure was used because the haploid random factor was nested within the series factor.'
  13. 'The enterprise edition of this software allows for companies to manage multiple, nested clusters of computing grids that are spread around an office complex or campus across multiple networks.'
  14. 'You then navigate to the option which you want using the numeric keypad and go further down each nested menu.'
  15. 'The distribution of pattern elements is nested, such that species with less common elements such as rump patches also have more common elements such as wing bars.'
  16. 'Despite clustering in heterochromatin, Dasheng elements are not nested, suggesting their potential value as molecular markers for these marker-poor regions.'
  17. 'Guess what, gene expression produces the same nested hierarchy of relatedness, with chimps our closest relatives, as we find for genes.'
  18. 'You can perform conditional branching, parallel process flows, nested sub-processes, process joins, and other related features.'
  19. 'This can be accomplished by nesting elements under the parent element.'
  20. 'The same trait often appears in living things which are not believed to be closely related by evolution, and this occurs often enough to vitiate Eldredge's premise about nested hierarchies.'
  21. 'Elements are thus nested within broader elements, according to Ellis, and each element has its own time.'

More definitions

1. a pocketlike, usually more or less circular structure of twigs, grass, mud, etc., formed by a bird, often high in a tree, as a place in which to lay and incubate its eggs and rear its young; any protected place used by a bird for these purposes.

2. a place used by insects, fishes, turtles, rabbits, etc., for depositing their eggs or young.

3. a number of birds, insects, animals, etc., inhabiting one such place.

4. a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home.

5. an assemblage of th

More examples(as adjective)

"sunflowers can be nesting."

"insides can be nesting."


(nest)Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Latin nidus, from the Indo-European bases of nether (meaning ‘down’) and sit.