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Definition 1: a kind of gun emplacement - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where nest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a machine-gun nest
  • a nest of snipers

(nest is a kind of ...) an emplacement for a gun

Definition 2: furniture pieces made to fit close together - [noun denoting artifact]

(nest is a kind of ...) furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy

"they had too much furniture for the small apartment" "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"

Definition 3: a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality - [noun denoting group]

Samples where nest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a nest of thieves

(nest is a kind of ...) an association of criminals

"police tried to break up the gang" "a pack of thieves"

(... is a kind of nest ) a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal

"sleeper nests of Islamic terrorists were capable of launching major attacks in Europe"

(nest belongs to category ...) the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear

Definition 4: a cosy or secluded retreat - [noun denoting location]

(nest is a kind of ...) a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet

Definition 5: a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young - [noun denoting object]

(nest is a kind of ...) an object occurring naturally; not made by man

(... is a kind of nest ) a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree

(... is a kind of nest ) nest where birds lay their eggs and hatch their young

(... is a kind of nest ) the nest of a squirrel

(... is a kind of nest ) where mice bear and raise their young

(... is a kind of nest ) a nest in which spiders or insects deposit their eggs

Definition 6: fit together or fit inside - [verb of contact]

Samples where nest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • nested bowls

(nest is a kind of ...) fix or set securely or deeply

"He planted a knee in the back of his opponent" "The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum"

Definition 7: gather nests - [verb of contact]

(nest is a kind of ...) assemble or get together

"gather some stones" "pull your thoughts together"

Definition 8: move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position - [verb of contact]

Samples where nest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We cuddled against each other to keep warm
  • The children snuggled into their sleeping bags

Synonyms for nest in the sense of this definition

(nest is a kind of ...) hold firmly, usually with one's hands

"She clutched my arm when she got scared"

(nest has a similar meaning as ...) position comfortably

"The baby nestled her head in her mother's elbow"

(nest has a similar meaning as ...) pull towards oneself

"He drew the crying child close"

Definition 9: inhabit a nest, usually after building - [verb of stative]

Samples where nest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • birds are nesting outside my window every Spring

(nest is a kind of ...) be an inhabitant of or reside in

"People lived in Africa millions of years ago" "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted" "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean" "deer are populating the woods"

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