In the Church of All Worlds, the unit of local organization. A nest has at least one 4th Circle member (a Scion and has been meeting for at least a full year. A proto-nest has three active CAW members meeting once a month.

Also (probably first used in Stranger in a Strange Land, but I used nest this way before reading said book), a term used to refer to an unusually arranged sleeping area/thing to sleep on. A nest is often different from a neat, organized, made bed. It could be as simple as a very large pile of pillows on the floor, or as complex as a queen-size bed with body pillows encircling and several different twin-size blankets. When done properly, it can be quite relaxing to sleep in one, snuggled within all the pillows and blankets.


  • Once you figure out what works for you, you will find sleep more relaxing.
  • It's cozy.
  • Depending upon the layout, a nest can be ideal for other activities, such as reading.
  • In my experience, I don't move around quite as much in one, which means that I have to get the bed back into shape.
  • Obviously, it's fully custom.


  • It's hard to bring it with you on the road, and you might not adapt well to life without it.
  • It might not adapt that well to guests.
  • Your body will tend to find the most comfortable way to rest. With an ordinary bed, your options tend to be limited. With a nest, you might wake up sideways on the bed.
  • It's not what society expects a bed to look like -- and in some cases this may mean you will have to make the bed daily.

My favored method:

  1. Take two pillows, stack them, and place them approximately in the head position.
  2. Take two fairly large blankets, roll them up, place them to each side like a body pillow.
  3. Place a relatively small/flat pillow under the feet.
  4. Take a light comforter (duvet for those of you elsewhere) or a thin blanket. Put it on top. (The other blankets, though rolled, will keep you plenty warm in many cases.)

Nest is a quarterly magazine of interiors. Interiors of all sorts of buildings (though mostly homes and apartments) - houses of rich people, houses of poor people, interiors of curious buildings, and unexpected buildings. It is a magazine about people, and the way we modify our structures to our lifestyles. It is an honest depiction of the way people live.

Nest also has some of the most intersting graphic design of any magazine out there, and the highest production values, too. (And does it charge for this - $12.50 an issue.) Nest received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence (also known as the little Alexander Calder elephant sculpture) in the circulation under 100,000 category in 2000. Nest has published 13 issues thus far. Subscription information is available at

Nest is, for me, the best magazine I have seen in a long time. The graphic design is incredible, the concept is something that has never been dealt with before. It is, in every way, good. And well worth the $12.50 cover price.

Nest (?), n. [AS. nest; akin to D. & G. nest, Sw. naste, L. nidus, for nisdus, Skr. nia resting place, nest; cf. Lith. lizdas, Arm. neiz, Gael. & Ir. nead. Prob. from the particle ni down, Skr. ni + the root of E. sit, and thus orig., a place to sit down in. &root; 264. See Nether, and Sit, and cf. Eyas, Nidification, Nye.]


The bed or receptacle prepared by a fowl for holding her eggs and for hatching and rearing her young.

The birds of the air have nests. Matt. viii. 20.


Hence: the place in which the eggs of other animals, as insects, turtles, etc., are laid and hatched; a snug place in which young animals are reared.



A snug, comfortable, or cozy residence or situation; a retreat, or place of habitual resort; hence, those who occupy a nest, frequent a haunt, or are associated in the same pursuit; as, a nest of traitors; a nest of bugs.

A little cottage, like some poor man's nest. Spenser.

4. Geol.

An aggregated mass of any ore or mineral, in an isolated state, within a rock.


A collection of boxes, cases, or the like, of graduated size, each put within the one next larger.

6. Mech.

A compact group of pulleys, gears, springs, etc., working together or collectively.

Nest egg, an egg left in the nest to prevent the hen from forsaking it, and to induce her to lay more in the same place; hence, figuratively, something laid up as the beginning of a fund or collection.



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Nest (?), v. i.

To build and occupy a nest.

The king of birds nested within his leaves. Howell.


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Nest, v. t.

To put into a nest; to form a nest for.

From him who nested himself into the chief power. South.


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