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nestle Explained

nestle at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

['nesəl]

nestle at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. nestlian "build a nest," from nest (see nest). Figurative sense of "settle comfortably, snuggle" is first recorded 1687. ///

nestle at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [Language: Old English; Origin: nestlian, from nest]//
1 [I,T always + adverb/preposition] to move into a comfortable position, pressing your head or body against someone or against something soft: --Sarah lay there peacefully, the child nestling by her side.// --He nestled his head against her shoulder.//
2 [I always + adverb/preposition] literary to be surrounded by something, especially hills or countryside: --a tiny village nestling among the foothills of the French Alps//

nestle at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

50 Moby Thesaurus words for "nestle":
arm, armor, bed, bless, bundle, burrow, champion, cloak,
compass about, copyright, cover, cradle, croodle, cuddle,
cuddle up, curl up, cushion, defend, ensure, fence, fend,
guarantee, guard, harbor, haven, huddle, insure, keep,
keep from harm, lap, make safe, nuzzle, patent, police, protect,
put to bed, register, ride shotgun for, safeguard, screen, secure,
shelter, shield, shroud, snug, snug up, snuggle, snuggle up to,
tuck in, underwrite

nestle at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Presence): be, exist, be present, attend, remain, occur, lie, stand, occupy, people, inhabit, dwell, reside, stay, sojourn, live, abide, lodge, nestle, roost, perch, be located.

nestle at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

prep.]
1 [V] to sit or lie down in a warm or soft place:
He hugged her and she nestled against his chest.
2 [VN] to put or hold sb/sth in a comfortable position in a warm or soft place:
He nestled the baby in his arms. * She nestled her head against his shoulder.
3 [V] to be situated in a position that is protected, sheltered or partly hidden:
The little town nestles snugly at the foot of the hill.

Nestle at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Nestle \Nes"tle\, v. t.
To house, as in a nest.

2. To cherish, as a bird her young.

Nestle \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.

nestle at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

nestle
n : a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace [syn:
{cuddle}, {snuggle}]
v 1: move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position;
"We cuddled against each other to keep warm"; "The
children snuggled into their sleeping bags" [syn: {cuddle},
{snuggle}, {nest}, {nuzzle}, {draw close}]
2: lie in a sheltered position; "The little cottage nestles in
the forest"
3: position comfortably; "The baby nestled her head in her
mother's elbow" [syn: {snuggle}]

nestle at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: was wotd » 2007|August|15

English

Etymology

Inter: etyl » ang nestlian, "make a nest", derived from nest+-lian.

Pronunciation

* Inter: IPA » /ˈnɛsəl/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-nestle.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ɛsəl

    Verb

    Inter: en-verb » nestl|ing

  • To settle oneself comfortably and snugly.
    1. To press oneself against another affectionately.
    2. To lie half-hidden or in shelter.
    3. : The old shop nestled between the newer apartment buildings.
    4. Inter: archaic » ornithology To build or sit upon a nest.
    5. Inter: transitiv » e Inter: rfdef » lang=en
    6. : She made no answer, but her fingers nervously nestled the leaves of a book. — William S. Woodbridge.

      Synonyms

      * Inter: qualifier » to settle oneself comfortably: settle

  • Inter: qualifier » to press oneself against another affectionately: cuddle, snuggle

    Related terms

    * nest

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » To settle oneself comfortably and snugly
  • Croatian: ugnijezditi se
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|käpertyä
  • French: se pelotonner, se nicher

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: es sich gemütlich machen
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|zagnieździć się
    • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|aconchegar-se


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » To press oneself against another affectionately
    • Croatian: privijati, privinuti, priljubiti, pripiti se
    • Finnish: painautua mukavasti jotakin vasten


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|se pelotonner
  • German: sich anschmiegen

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Translation: et » nestle
    Translation: fr » nestle
    Translation: ko » nestle
    Translation: io » nestle
    Translation: kn » nestle
    Translation: mg » nestle
    Translation: ml » nestle
    Translation: my » nestle
    Translation: pl » nestle
    Translation: sv » nestle
    Translation: ta » nestle
    Translation: te » nestle
    Translation: th » nestle
    Translation: vi » nestle
    Translation: zh » nestle