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1. One, such as a bird, that nests.
2. Western US A squatter, homesteader, or farmer who settles in cattle-grazing territory.
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Noun1.nester - someone who settles lawfully on government land with the intent to acquire title to it
colonist, settler - a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
2.nester - a bird that has built (or is building) a nest
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
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As they passed in triumph through the village they were cheered by the men, women, and children, collected as usual on the tops of the lodges, and were exhorted by the Nesters of the village to be generous in their dealings with the white men.
One in three (33%) empty nesters said they have money left over at the end of each month to put into savings, making them the most likely group to do so.
However, while full nesters may have to wait some time for their loved ones to leave home, they may find that there are benefits in the future.
One in 11 (9%) of full nesters said they were going as far as to skip meals to meet the cost of everyday living.
Once the downtown transformation initiatives are further along, I would expect more empty nesters will consider downtown Rockford when they're ready to downsize," Scott said.
The purpose of this Five-Year Plan amendment is to provide the funding for the acquisition of the Fortis Gas site at Nesters Road.
The latest edition of the "Keep Good Going Report" from New York Life identifies four segments of Americans based on the fundamental differences in how they identify and cultivate goodness in their lives: Good Leaders, Good Nesters, Good Workers and Good Strivers.
When Arthur Hill wrote the Nesters regarding the building of a champion load, they accepted the challenge at once.
What's more surprising, perhaps, are the pockets of higher consumption among some young transitional, childless established couples, and even empty nesters and senior couples, none of whom have resident children, who are generally the primary benefactors of home-baked treats - although the latter two groups often have visiting grandkids they wish to indulge.
Although he didn't resort to taking on either of these new responsibilities, one full year since both his daughter, Ruby, 23, and son, Evan, 19, have been gone, he says that joining the ranks of Alaska's empty nesters has not been easy.
It's also a terrific value for first time-buyers, young families or empty nesters looking to downsize.