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1. To make and occupy a nest; to nest. 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.

Origin: AS. Nestlian.