- A piece of furniture, usually flat and soft, to sleep on .
- ( uncountable, usually after a preposition ) Sleep; rest; getting to sleep .
- ( usually after a preposition ) One's place of sleep or rest .
- ( usually after a preposition ) The time for going to sleep or resting in bed .
- ( uncountable ) Time spent in a bed.
- 1903, Thomas Stretch Dowse, Lectures on massage and electricity in the treatment of disease, page 276:
- 1907, Jabez Spencer Balfour, My prison life, page 181:
- 1972, James Verney Cable, Principles of medicine: an integrated textbook for nurses:
- A prepared spot to spend the night in, as in camping bed .
- A garden plot, as in "bed of roses" .
- The bottom of a lake or other body of water. [from later 16th c.]
- An area where a large number of oysters, mussels, or other sessile shellfish is found .
- A flat surface or layer on which something else is to be placed .
- A foundation or supporting surface formed of a fluid .
- The platform of a truck, trailer, railcar, or other vehicle that supports the load to be hauled .
- A deposit of ore, coal etc .
- ( geology ) the smallest division of a geologic formation or stratigraphic rock series marked by well-defined divisional planes ( bedding planes ) separating it from layers above and below
- A shaped piece of timber to hold a cask clear of a ship’s floor; a pallet .
- A piece of music, normally instrumental, over which a Radio DJ talks .
- ( uncountable ) Sexual activity .
- air bed/airbed
- alveolar bed
- apple-pie bed
- bed and breakfast
- bed check
- bed cover
- bed ground
- bed hair
- bed jacket
- bed linen
- bed load
- bed of justice
- bed of pelts
- bed of roses
- bed push
- bed sheet/bedsheet
- breakfast in bed
- bunk bed
- camp bed
- canopy bed
- capillary bed
- coal bed
- creek bed
- day bed
- death bed/deathbed
- divan bed
- double bed
- feather bed/featherbed
- filter bed
- flower bed/flowerbed
- four-poster bed
- French bed
- gatch bed
- get up on the wrong side of the bed
- go to bed
- go to bed with
- Hollywood bed
- hospital bed
- hot bed/hotbed
- in bed
- key bed
- make one's bed and lie in it
- make the bed
- marker bed
- Murphy bed
- nail bed/nailbed
- orthopedic bed
- out of bed
- oyster bed
- pencil-post bed
- pig bed
- pissy bed
- plank bed
- platform bed ( see platform )
- procrustean bed
- put to bed
- red under the bed
- river bed
- sea bed
- single bed
- sleigh bed
- sofa bed/sofa-bed
- take to one's bed
- tanning bed
- test bed
- truckle bed
- trundle bed
- twin bed
- wake up on the wrong side of the bed
- water bed/waterbed
- wet the bed
- you make the bed you lie in
- deb, Deb, DEB
- Bachelor of Education .
- DBE, deb, Deb, DEB
- Bed n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde, Icel. ber, Dan. bed, Sw. bädd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti, G. bett, bette, bed, beet a plat of ground; all of uncertain origin.]
1. An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or on; a couch. Specifically: A sack or mattress, filled with some soft material, in distinction from the bedstead on which it is placed ( as, a feather bed ), or this with the bedclothes added. In a general sense, any thing or place used for sleeping or reclining on or in, as a quantity of hay, straw, leaves, or twigs.
And made for him [a horse] a leafy bed. Byron.
I wash, wring, brew, bake, . . . make the beds. Shak.
In bed he slept not for my urging it. Shak.
2. ( Used as the symbol of matrimony ) Marriage.
George, the eldest son of his second bed. Clarendon.
3. A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a little raised above the adjoining ground. “Beds of hyacinth and roses.” Milton.
4. A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, “a bed of ashes or coals”.
5. The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as, “the bed of a river”.
So sinks the daystar in the ocean bed. Milton.
6. ( Geol. ) A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between layers; as, “a bed of coal, iron, etc.”
7. ( Gun. ) See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
8. ( Masonry ) The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, “the upper and lower beds”. A course of stone or brick in a wall. The place or material in which a block or brick is laid. The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile. Knight.
9. ( Mech. ) The foundation or the more solid and fixed part or framing of a machine; or a part on which something is laid or supported; as, “the bed of an engine”.
10. The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
11. ( Printing ) The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.
☞ Bed is much used adjectively or in combination; as, bed key or bedkey; bed wrench or bedwrench; bedchamber; bedmaker, etc.
Bed of justice ( French Hist. ), the throne ( F. lit bed ) occupied by the king when sitting in one of his parliaments ( judicial courts ); hence, a session of a refractory parliament, at which the king was present for the purpose of causing his decrees to be registered. -- To be brought to bed, to be delivered of a child; -- often followed by of; as, to be brought to bed of a son. -- To make a bed, to prepare a bed; to arrange or put in order a bed and its bedding. -- From bed and board ( Law ), a phrase applied to a separation by partial divorce of man and wife, without dissolving the bonds of matrimony. If such a divorce ( now commonly called a judicial separation ) be granted at the instance of the wife, she may have alimony.
- Bed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedded; p. pr. & vb. n. Bedding.]
1. To place in a bed. [Obs.] Bacon.
2. To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with.
I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. Shak.
3. To furnish with a bed or bedding.
4. To plant or arrange in beds; to set, or cover, as in a bed of soft earth; as, “to bed the roots of a plant in mold”.
5. To lay or put in any hollow place, or place of rest and security, surrounded or inclosed; to embed; to furnish with or place upon a bed or foundation; as, “to bed a stone; it was bedded on a rock”.
Among all chains or clusters of mountains where large bodies of still water are bedded. Wordsworth.
6. ( Masonry ) To dress or prepare the surface of stone ) so as to serve as a bed.
7. To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position. “Bedded hair.” Shak.
- Bed v. i. To go to bed; to cohabit.
If he be married, and bed with his wife. Wiseman.
From Middle English bed, from Old English bedd ( “bed, couch, resting-place; garden-bed, plot” ), from Proto-Germanic *badjan ( “bed” ). Cognate with Scots bed, bede ( “bed” ), North Frisian baad, beed ( “bed” ), West Frisian bêd ( “bed” ), Dutch bed ( “bed” ), German Bett ( “bed” ), Swedish bädd ( “bed” ), Icelandic beður ( “bed” ). Former suggestions of a relationship with Indo-European roots for 'to dig' are not generally accepted, because there are few, if any, cultures known to dig out beds, rather than to build "pads" .
bed ( plural: beds )
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