bed [bed]
[ME & OE < IE base * bhedh-, to dig > Ger bett, L fossa, ditch, W bedd, Bret béz, a grave; orig. sense “a sleeping hollow in the ground”]
1. a thing for sleeping or resting on; specif., a piece of furniture consisting usually of a bedstead, bedspring, mattress, and bedding
4. any place used for sleeping or reclining
5. such a place regarded as the scene of sexual intercourse or procreation
a) a plot of soil where plants are raised
b) the flowers or vegetables growing in this
a) the bottom of a river, lake, etc.
b) a place on the ocean floor where something grows in abundance [oyster bed]
8. an enclosing substance, as rock in which shells, minerals, etc. are lodged
9. any flat surface used as a foundation or support, as the earth, gravel, etc. under the rails and ties of a railroad
a) a layer of cement or mortar in which stone or brick is laid
b) the underside of a brick, slate, or tile
11. a pile or heap resembling a bed, esp. in softness or shape [a bed of leaves]
12. a geologic layer; stratum [a bed of coal ]
13. the flat surface on which cargo is placed, as in a pickup or flatbed
bedded, bedding
1. to provide with a sleeping place
2. to put to bed
3. to have sexual intercourse with
4. to fix or place firmly; embed
5. to plant or arrange in a bed of earth
6. to make (earth) into a bed for plants
7. to lay out flat like a bed; arrange in layers
1. to go to bed; rest; sleep
2. to form in layers; stratify
be brought to bed of or be brought to bed
Archaic to give birth (to)
bed and board
1. sleeping accommodations and meals
2. home; the married state
☆ bed down
to prepare and use a sleeping place
get up on the wrong side of the bed
to be cross or grouchy
put to bed
1. to get (a child, invalid, etc.) ready for sleep, as in a bed
2. to lock (type, plates, etc.) into a form and place on a printing press
3. to get an edition (of a newspaper, etc.) ready for printing
take to one's bed
to go to bed because of illness, etc.

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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  • Bed — Bed, n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde, Icel. be?r, Dan. bed, Sw. b[ a]dd, 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bed — /bɛd / (say bed) noun 1. a piece of furniture upon which or within which a person sleeps. 2. the mattress and bedclothes together with the bedstead. 3. the bedstead alone. 4. the use of a bed for the night; lodging. 5. a place for sexual… …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Bed — Bed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bedded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bedding}.] 1. To place in a bed. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To make partaker of one s bed; to cohabit with. [1913 Webster] I ll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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