NEST is an abbreviation for one of the following: The Nuclear Emergency Support Team, a team "prepared to respond immediately to any type of radiological accident or incident anywhere in the world", Novell Embedded Systems Technology, a former embeddable networking stack for small devices, The Northland Emergency Services Trust, a search and rescue firm, The Near East School of Theology, The North East Sticks Together, an annual music festival in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, The National Training Institute of Education, Science and Technology, a training institute set up by the Korea Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, The Networked Elements: ...

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  1. A structure built by a bird as a place to incubate eggs and rear young.
  2. A place used by another mammal, fish, amphibian or insect, for depositing eggs and hatching young.
  3. A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or job situation.
  4. A retreat, or place of habitual resort.
  5. A hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt; a den.
    a nest of thieves
    ''That nightclub is a nest of strange people!
  6. A home that a child or young adult shares with a parent, guardian, or a person acting in the capacity of a parent or guardian. A parental home.
    ''I am aspiring to leave the nest.
  7. A fixed amount of cards in some bidding games awarded to the highest bidder allowing him to exchange any or all with cards in his hand.
    ''I was forced to change trumps when I found the ace, jack, and nine of diamonds in the nest.
  8. A fortified position for a weapon, e.g. a machine gun nest.
  9. A structure consisting of nested structures, such as nested loops or nested subroutine calls.
  10. Pasta formed into a round shape.
  11. An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
  12. A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
  13. A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.


  1. To build or settle into a nest.
  2. To settle into a home.
    ''We loved the new house and were nesting there in 2 days!
  3. To successively neatly fit inside another.
    ''I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for mom.
  4. To place in, or as if in, a nest.
  5. To place one thing neatly inside another, and both inside yet another (and so on).
    ''There would be much more room in the attic if you had nested all the empty boxes.
  6. To hunt for birds' nests or their contents (usually "go nesting").

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