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The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English gives the following
to be surrounded by something, especially hills or countryside
That is an extension of the original meaning, which evokes the condition
of a bird on its nest. Extended uses of the word are more common than
Post by Yurui Liu
Is the definition too narrow as far as the following example is concerned?
The little town nestles snugly at the foot of the hill
Is the town necessarily surrounded?
No. It is depicted as being safe and comfortable in its location.
no object, with adverbial of place
1 Settle or lie comfortably within or against something.
‘the baby nestled in her arms’
with object ‘she nestled her head against his shoulder’
1.1( of a place) be situated in a half-hidden or sheltered
‘picturesque villages nestle in the wooded hills’
Old English nestlian, from nest; compare with Dutch nestelen.
Peter Duncanson, UK