nest ( nests plural & 3rd person present) ( nesting present participle) ( nested past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A bird's nest is the home that it makes to lay its eggs in.
oft poss N
I can see an eagle's nest on the rocks.
2 verb When a bird nests somewhere, it builds a nest and settles there to lay its eggs.
Some species may nest in close proximity to each other. V
...nesting sites. V-ing
3 n-count A nest is a home that a group of insects or other creatures make in order to live in and give birth to their young in.
usu poss N
Some solitary bees make their nests in burrows in the soil., ...a rat's nest.
5 When children fly the nest, they leave their parents' home to live on their own.
fly the nest phrase V inflects
When their children had flown the nest, he and his wife moved to a thatched cottage in Dorset.
a hornet's nest →
On a ship, the crow's nest is a small platform high up on the mast, where a person can go to look in all directions. n-sing
love nest ( love nests plural ) , love-nest A love nest is a house or flat where two people who are having a love affair live or meet. (JOURNALISM) n-count usu sing
nest egg ( nest eggs plural ) , nest-egg A nest egg is a sum of money that you are saving for a particular purpose.
INFORMAL n-count usu sing
They have a little nest egg tucked away somewhere for a rainy day.