English version

nest

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Birds, Insects, Animals
nestnest1 /nest/ ●●○ noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 nest.jpg HBBbirds a place made or chosen by a bird to lay its eggs in and to live in πŸ”Š a bird’s nest πŸ”Š In May the females build a nest and lay their eggs. πŸ”Š Young eagles leave the nest after only two months.2 HBIHBAinsects/animals a place where insects or small animals live πŸ”Š a field mouse’s nest3 β†’ leave/fly the nest4 β†’ nest of spies/thieves/intrigue etc5 β†’ nest of tables/boxes etc β†’ feather your nest at feather2(1), β†’ mare’s nest at mare(2), β†’ love nestCOLLOCATIONSverbsbuild/make a nestSwallows build their nests out of mud.leave the nestBarn owls leave the nest at two to three months.types of nesta bird's/eagle's/crow's etc nestan abandoned bird's nesta wasps'/hornets' nesta wasps' nest in the attican ants' nesta red ants' nest
Examples from the Corpus
nestβ€’ About as pleasant to come across as a nest of vipers.β€’ I checked the old abandoned nest.β€’ Several butterfly species live out their caterpillar stage inside an ants' nest.β€’ Then ants would crawl through the cracks in the floor and build a big nest in the middle of the bedroom.β€’ Individuals could invest in stocks and bonds themselves, creating their own retirement nest eggs.β€’ Villages are unspoilt, usually built around a medieval church with a stork's nest on top.β€’ The female sits inside the nest while the male goes off collecting nest material.β€’ For as long as they had known each other it had been their nest, their retreat, their beautiful private world.bird’s nestβ€’ My hair comes out like a bird's nest and my eyes look slitty.β€’ We are in the kitchen, sitting by a fire made from damp driftwood and bits of abandoned bird's nest.
Related topics: Birds, Computers
nestnest2 verb πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 HBB[intransitive] to build or use a nest πŸ”Š They say eagles used to nest in those rocks.2 [transitive] to organize information, especially in a computer program, so that some of the information is recognized as separate but is included or contained in a larger part of the information πŸ”Š Phrases are nested in the dictionary entry for the first major word.
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Examples from the Corpus
nestβ€’ Such strong-winged birds as pigeons and hawks stray north in considerable variety, and some of these remain to nest.β€’ The rectory was a dour red brick house with ivy-clad walls where birds would soon be nesting.β€’ The birds stop briefly to nest and feed.β€’ In summer petrels nest in crevices in the rocks, and colonies of penguins breed on nearby islands.β€’ There is no evidence that this species has ever nested in Sussex.β€’ The starlings have gone to nest in the hot-air ducts of a concrete and glass mountain in the city centre.β€’ I wondered if the kingfisher still nested in the sandy banks there.β€’ Cactus wrens and Inca doves nest in thick tangles of mesquite.
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Verb table
nest
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theynest
he, she, itnests
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theynested
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave nested
he, she, ithas nested
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad nested
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill nest
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have nested
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam nesting
he, she, itis nesting
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you, we, theyare nesting
Past
I, he, she, itwas nesting
you, we, theywere nesting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been nesting
he, she, ithas been nesting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been nesting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be nesting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been nesting
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