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v. nes·tled, nes·tling, nes·tles
1. To settle snugly and comfortably: The cat nestled among the pillows.
2. To lie in a sheltered position: a cottage that nestles in the wood.
3. To draw or press close, as in affection; snuggle: The child nestled up to her mother.
4. Archaic To nest.
1. To snuggle or press contentedly: The baby nestled its head on my shoulder.
2. To place or settle as if in a nest: I nestled the puppy in my arms.

[Middle English nestlen, to make a nest, from Old English nestlian, from nest, nest.]

nes′tler n.
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Adj.1.nestled - drawn or pressed close to someone or something for or as if for affection or protection; "saw a number of small houses nestled against the hillside"; "like a baby snuggled in its mother's arms"
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"
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References in classic literature ?
Then, without speaking, she nestled to her mother again.
Our tree became the talking tree of the fairy tale; legends and stories nestled like birds in its branches.
She stretched out her arms, and the child nestled by her side.