(Nest) v. i. To build and occupy a nest.
The king of birds nested within his leaves.Howell.
(Nest), v. t. To put into a nest; to form a nest for.
From him who nested himself into the chief power.South.
(Nest"ful) n.; pl. Nestfuls As much or many as will fill a nest.
(Nes"tle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Nestled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Nestling ] [AS. nestlian.]
1. To make and occupy a nest; to nest. [Obs.]
The kingfisher . . . nestles in hollow banks.L'Estrange.
2. To lie close and snug, as a bird in her nest; to cuddle up; to settle, as in a nest; to harbor; to take shelter.
Their purpose was to fortify in some strong place of the wild country, and there nestle till succors came.Bacon.
3. To move about in one's place, like a bird when shaping the interior of her nest or a young bird getting
close to the parent; as, a child nestles.
(Nes"tle), v. t. To house, as in a nest.
2. To cherish, as a bird her young.
1. A young bird which has not abandoned the nest. Piers Plowman.
2. A nest; a receptacle. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Nes"tling), a. Newly hatched; being yet in the nest.
(Nes"tor) n. (Zoöl.) A genus of parrots with gray heads. of New Zeland and papua, allied to the
cockatoos. See Kaka.
(Nes*to"ri*an) n. (Eccl. Hist.) An adherent of Nestorius, patriarch of Constantinople in the
fifth century, who has condemned as a heretic for maintaining that the divine and the human natures
were not merged into one nature in Christ and, hence, that it was improper to call Mary the mother of
God though she might be called the mother of Christ; also, one of the sect established by the followers
of Nestorius in Persia, India, and other Oriental countries, and still in existence. Opposed to Eutychian.
1. Of or relating to the Nestorians.
2. Relating to, or resembling, Nestor, the aged warrior and counselor mentioned by Homer; hence, wise; experienced; aged; as,
(Nes*to"ri*an*ism) n. The doctrines of the Nestorian Christians, or of Nestorius.