from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To settle snugly and comfortably: The cat nestled among the pillows.
- intransitive v. To lie in a sheltered position: a cottage that nestles in the wood.
- intransitive v. To draw or press close, as in affection; snuggle: The child nestled up to her mother.
- intransitive v. Archaic To nest.
- transitive v. To snuggle or press contentedly: The baby nestled its head on my shoulder.
- transitive v. To place or settle as if in a nest: I nestled the puppy in my arms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To settle oneself comfortably and snugly.
- v. To press oneself against another affectionately.
- v. To lie half-hidden or in shelter.
- v. To build or sit upon a nest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make and occupy a nest; to nest.
- intransitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To house, as in a nest.
- transitive v. To cherish, as a bird her young.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make or use a nest; have a nesting-place: said chiefly of birds.
- To lie close and snug, as a bird in her nest.
- To dispose one's self comfortably for rest or repose; snuggle; cuddle.
- To provide with a nest; house or shelter; settle as in a nest: often used reflexively.
- To cherish; fondle closely; cuddle, as a bird her young.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace
- v. lie in a sheltered position
- v. position comfortably
- v. move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
Middle English nestlen, to make a nest, from Old English nestlian, from nest, nest.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English nestlian, "make a nest", derived from nest+-lian. (Wiktionary)