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Meaning of bed by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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" .


    • IPA: /bɛd/
    • ( Can we verify this pronunciation? ) IPA: /bed/ ( en-AU )
    • Rhymes: -ɛd


    bed ( plural: beds )

    1. A piece of furniture, usually flat and soft, to sleep on .
      My cat often sleeps on my bed .
      I keep a glass of water next to my 'bed when I sleep .
    2. ( uncountable, usually after a preposition ) Sleep; rest; getting to sleep .
      He's been afraid of bed since he saw the scary film .
    3. ( usually after a preposition ) One's place of sleep or rest .
      Go to bed!
      I had breakfast in bed this morning .
    4. ( usually after a preposition ) The time for going to sleep or resting in bed .
      I read until bed .
    5. ( uncountable ) Time spent in a bed.
    6. A prepared spot to spend the night in, as in camping bed .
      He made a bed to sleep in for the night from hay and a blanket .
    7. A garden plot, as in "bed of roses" .
      We added a new rosebush to our rose bed .
    8. The bottom of a lake or other body of water. [from later 16th c.]
      sea bed, river bed, lake bed
      There's a lot of trash on the bed of the river .
    9. An area where a large number of oysters, mussels, or other sessile shellfish is found .
      Oysters are farmed from their beds .
    10. A flat surface or layer on which something else is to be placed .
      The meats and cheeses lay on a bed of lettuce .
    11. A foundation or supporting surface formed of a fluid .
      A bed of concrete makes a strong subsurface for an asphalt parking lot .
    12. The platform of a truck, trailer, railcar, or other vehicle that supports the load to be hauled .
      The parcels were thrown onto the truck bed before transportation .
    13. A deposit of ore, coal etc .
    14. ( 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
    15. A shaped piece of timber to hold a cask clear of a ship’s floor; a pallet .
    16. A piece of music, normally instrumental, over which a Radio DJ talks .
    17. ( uncountable ) Sexual activity .
      Too much bed, not enough rest .
      Is he good in bed?

    Usage notes

    Sense 1. To prepare a bed is usually to "make" the bed, or ( US, Southern ) to "spread" the bed, the verb spread probably having been developed from bedspread .

    See also Appendix:MakeDoTakeHave


    bed ( third-person singular simple present beds present participle bedding, simple past and past participle bedded )

    1. To go to a sleeping bed .
    2. To put oneself to sleep .
    3. To settle, as machinery .
    4. To set in a soft matrix, as paving stones in sand, or tiles in cement .
    5. To set out plants in a garden bed .
    6. ( slang ) To have sexual intercourse with. [from early 14th c.]

    Derived terms



    • DBE
    • deb, Deb, DEB


    By Wiktionary ( 2011/03/20 05:33 UTC Version )


    B.Ed .

    1. Bachelor of Education .


    • DBE, deb, Deb, DEB

Explanation of bed by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. prepare for sleep

    2. He goes to bed at the crack of dawn
    3. have sexual intercourse with

    4. put to bed

    5. The children were bedded at ten o'clock
    6. place ( plants ) in a prepared bed of soil

    7. furnish with a bed

    8. The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals
    1. a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep

    2. he sat on the edge of the bed
      the room had only a bed and chair
    3. a plot of ground in which plants are growing

    4. the gardener planted a bed of roses
    5. a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track

    6. the track bed had washed away
    7. the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc .

    8. single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance

    9. slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach
    10. a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit

    11. he worked in the coal beds
    12. a depression forming the ground under a body of water

    13. he searched for treasure on the ocean bed
    14. a stratum of rock ( especially sedimentary rock )

    15. they found a bed of sandstone

    Definition of bed by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Bed v. i. To go to bed; to cohabit.

      If he be married, and bed with his wife. Wiseman.