from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One, such as a bird, that nests.
- n. Western U.S. A squatter, homesteader, or farmer who settles in cattle-grazing territory.
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- n. One who nests.
- n. A person who intends to settle in an area without permanent residents; a settler, as distinct from an explorer or pioneer.
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The eyes of the nester were a barometer of his temper.
I am a passionate "nester" and have spent years and a lot of wasted money following the latest "look".
There was only one man Kit at all trusted, a "nester" (small ranchman) named Racketty Smith.
The XIX ranch, owned by a small "nester" named Henderson, could not be more than five or six miles to the southeast.
Indian days over; "nester" days with frame houses and vegetable patches not yet here.
Of course the 'nester' or 'punkin roller,' as we contemptuously called the small farmer, began sifting in here and there in spite of our guns, but he was only a mosquito bite in comparison with the trouble which our cow-punchers stirred up.
Its decline set in on what day the first lank "nester" from the States outspanned his sun-burned team as he pulled up beside some sweet water on the rolling lands, somewhere in the West, and looked about him, and looked again at the land map held in his hand.
"nester" has his cabin and is struggling, generally in vain, to dig a living out of the soil in a region which God never made for farming.
a "nester," or "truck farmer," who was likely to fence in the river somewhere and homestead some land.
The power of the 'nester' has steadily increased from that moment. "