Translation of "nest" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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nestnoun [ C ]

uk /nest/ us /nest/

nest noun [ C ] (HOME)

C2 a structure built by birds or insects to leave their eggs in to develop, and by some other animals to give birth or live in

(鸟类或昆虫的)窝,巢;某些动物的穴
a bird's nest 鸟巢
a wasps'/hornets' nest 黄蜂/马蜂窝
a rat's nest 鼠穴
Cuckoos are famous for laying their eggs in the nests of other birds. 杜鹃以在其他鸟的窝巢里下蛋而闻名。
The alligators build their nests out of grass near the water's edge. 短吻鳄在水边用草给自己搭窝。

a comfortable home

舒适的居所,安乐窝
One day the children grow up and leave the nest. 当孩子们长大后离开安乐窝

a place where something unpleasant or unwanted has developed

(坏事滋生的)温床,窟
The diplomats have been sent home because their embassy has become a nest of spies. 外交官们被遣送回国,因为他们的大使馆已经沦为间谍窝。

More examples

  • The cuckoo lays her egg in another bird's nest.
  • If disturbed, the bird may abandon the nest, leaving the chicks to die.
  • The bird regarded me with suspicion as I walked up to its nest.
  • There's a wasps' nest in that old tree.
  • Meanwhile, the mother flies back to the nest to feed her young.

nest noun [ C ] (SET)

a set of things that are similar but different in size and have been designed to fit inside each other

(套叠的)一套对象,一组对象
I'd like a nest of tables for the living room. 我想在客厅里放一套桌子。

nestverb [ I ]

uk /nest/ us /nest/

C2 to build a nest, or live in a nest

筑巢,做窝;巢居
We've got some swallows nesting in our roof at the moment. 现在有几只燕子在我们的屋顶下筑巢。
Farm buildings are ideal nesting sites for barn owls. 石头搭建的农舍是仓鸮理想的栖息之所。

(Translation of “nest” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)