A structure built by a bird as a place to incubate eggs and rear young.
A place used by another mammal, fish, amphibian or insect, for depositing eggs and hatching young.
A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or job situation.
A retreat, or place of habitual resort.
A hideout for bad people to frequent or haunt; a den.
- a nest of thieves
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.
- ''That nightclub is a nest of strange people!
(cards) A fixed number of cards in some bidding games awarded to the highest bidder allowing him to exchange any or all with cards in his hand.
- ''I am aspiring to leave the nest .
(military) A fortified position for a weapon, e.g. a machine gun nest.
(computing) A structure consisting of nested structures, such as nested loops or nested subroutine calls.
* 1981 , Donnamaie E. White, Bit-Slice Design: Controllers and ALU's , Garland STPM Press, ISBN 9780824071035, page 49:
- ''I was forced to change trumps when I found the ace, jack, and nine of diamonds in the nest .
* 1993 August, Bwolen Yang et al., "Do&Merge: Integrating Parallel Loops and Reductions", in Languages and Compilers for Parallel Computing (workshop proceedings), Springer (1994), ISBN 978-3-540-57659-4,
- Subroutine 4 cannot jump out of the subroutine nest in one step. Each return address must be popped from the stack in the order in which it was pushed onto the stack.
A circular bed of pasta, rice, etc. to be topped or filled with other foods.
(geology) An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.
A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.
A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.
- Our analysis to this point has assumed that in a loop nest , we are only parallelizing a single loop.
* don't shit in your own nest
* feather one's nest / feather one's own nest
* nest egg
(of animals) To build or settle into a nest.
To settle into a home.
To successively neatly fit inside another.
- We loved the new house and were nesting there in two days!
To place in, or as if in, a nest.
To place one thing neatly inside another, and both inside yet another (and so on).
- I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for my mother.
To hunt for birds' nests or their contents (usually "go nesting").
* 1895 , Alfred Emanuel Smith, Francis Walton
- There would be much more room in the attic if you had nested all the empty boxes.
- After the first heavy frost, when acorns were falling, I took a friend into partnership and went nesting .
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From (etyl) palet, from (etyl) palete, from (etyl) pallr
a portable platform, usually designed to be easily moved by a forklift, on which goods can be stacked, for transport or storage.
(military) A flat base for combining stores or carrying a single item to form a unit load for handling, transportation, and storage by materials handling equipment
[Joint Publication 1-02 U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; 12 April 2001 (As Amended Through 14 April 2006). ].
(military) (DOD only) 463L pallet – An 88” x 108” aluminum flat base used to facilitate the upload and download of aircraft .
From the (etyl) paillet, from (etyl)
A straw bed.
(By extension from above) A makeshift bed.
(etyl) palla: to cut; hence a strip of cloth. The diminutive of the pale.
(heraldiccharge) A narrow vertical strip.
* (Robert Southey)
* 1860 , Chambers's Information for the People (volume 1, page 203)
- The Old Dragon fled when the wonder he spied, / And cursed his own fruitless endeavor; / While the Painter call'd after his rage to deride, / Shook his pallet and brushes in triumph, and cried, / "I'll paint thee more ugly than ever!"
A wooden implement, often oval or round, used by potters, crucible makers, etc., for forming, beating, and rounding their works.
A potter's wheel.
(gilding) An instrument used to take up gold leaf from the pillow, and to apply it.
(gilding) A tool for gilding the backs of books over the bands.
(brickmaking) A board on which a newly moulded brick is conveyed to the hack.
- For example, let a painter's pallet be suspended from the thumb-hole, as in the figure
(engineering) A click or pawl for driving a ratchet wheel.
(engineering) One of the series of disks or pistons in the chain pump.
(horology) One of the pieces or levers connected with the pendulum of a clock, or the balance of a watch, which receive the immediate impulse of the scape-wheel, or balance wheel.
(music) In the organ, a valve between the wind chest and the mouth of a pipe or row of pipes.
(zoology) One of a pair of shelly plates that protect the siphon tubes of certain bivalves, such as the .
A cup containing three ounces, formerly used by surgeons.
* The Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd edition, Oxford University Press