- The definition of a bed is a piece of furniture on which to lie or sleep.
King, queen and twin are each an example of a size of bed.
- Bed is defined as to plant or arrange in soil in a certain manner.
To plant flowers in a row in a garden is an example of to bed.
A bed in a hotel.
- a thing for sleeping or resting on; specif., a piece of furniture consisting usually of a bedstead, bedspring, mattress, and bedding
- any place used for sleeping or reclining
- such a place regarded as the scene of sexual intercourse or procreation
- a plot of soil where plants are raised
- the flowers or vegetables growing in this
- the bottom of a river, lake, etc.
- a place on the ocean floor where something grows in abundance: oyster bed
- an enclosing substance, as rock in which shells, minerals, etc. are lodged
- any flat surface used as a foundation or support, as the earth, gravel, etc. under the rails and ties of a railroad
- a layer of cement or mortar in which stone or brick is laid
- the underside of a brick, slate, or tile
- a pile or heap resembling a bed, esp. in softness or shape: a bed of leaves
- a geologic layer; stratum: a bed of coal
- ☆ the flat surface on which cargo is placed, as in a pickup or flatbed
Origin of bedMiddle English and amp; Old English ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhedh-, to dig from source German bett, Classical Latin fossa, ditch, western bedd, Breton béz, a grave; origin, originally sense “a sleeping hollow in the ground”
transitive verbbedded, bedding
- to provide with a sleeping place
- to put to bed
- to have sexual intercourse with
- to fix or place firmly; embed
- to plant or arrange in a bed of earth
- to make (earth) into a bed for plants
- to lay out flat like a bed; arrange in layers
- to go to bed; rest; sleep
- to form in layers; stratify
be brought to bed (of)
bed and board
- sleeping accommodations and meals
- home; the married state
get up on the wrong side of the bed
put to bed
- to get (a child, invalid, etc.) ready for sleep, as in a bed
- to lock (type, plates, etc.) into a form and place on a printing press
- to get an edition (of a newspaper, etc.) ready for printing
take to one's bed
- a. A piece of furniture for reclining and sleeping, typically consisting of a flat, rectangular frame and a mattress resting on springs.b. A bedstead.c. A mattress.
- a. A place where one may sleep; lodging: found bed and board at an inn.b. Accommodations for a single person at a hospital or institution: a maternity ward with 30 beds.
- A time at which one goes to sleep: drank milk before bed.
- A place for lovemaking.
- A marital relationship with its rights and intimacies.
- a. A small plot of cultivated or planted land: a flower bed.b. An underwater or intertidal area in which a particular organism is established in large numbers: a clam bed; an oyster bed.
- The ground surface below a body of water such as a sea, lake, or stream.
- A supporting, underlying, or securing part, especially:a. A layer of food surmounted by another kind of food: tomatoes on a bed of lettuce.b. A foundation of crushed rock or a similar substance for a road or railroad; a roadbed.c. A layer of mortar upon which stones or bricks are laid.
- Printing The heavy table of a printing press in which the type form is placed.
- The part of a truck, trailer, or freight car designed to carry loads.
- Geology a. A broad mass of rock or sediment bounded by different material.b. A deposit, as of ore, parallel to local stratification.
- A heap of material: a bed of wood chips.
verbbed·ded, bed·ding, beds
- To furnish with a bed or sleeping quarters: We bedded our guests down in the study.
- To put or send to bed.
- To have sexual relations with.
- To plant in a prepared plot of soil.
- To lay flat or arrange in layers.
- a. To embed.b. To establish; base.
- To go to bed.
- Geology To form layers or strata.
Origin of bedMiddle English, from Old English.
- 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.
- (uncountable, usually after a preposition) Sleep; rest; getting to sleep.
- He's been afraid of bed since he saw the scary film.
- (usually after a preposition) One's place of sleep or rest.
- Go to bed!
- I had breakfast in bed this morning.
- (usually after a preposition) The time for going to sleep or resting in bed.
- I read until bed.
- (uncountable) Time spent in a bed.
- 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.
- A garden plot, as in "bed of roses".
- We added a new rosebush to our rose bed.
- 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.
- An area where a large number of oysters, mussels, or other sessile shellfish is found.
- Oysters are farmed from their beds.
- A flat surface or layer on which something else is to be placed.
- The meats and cheeses lay on a bed of lettuce.
- A foundation or supporting surface formed of a fluid.
- A bed of concrete makes a strong subsurface for an asphalt parking lot.
- 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.
- 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.
- Too much bed, not enough rest.
- Is he good in bed?
- (figuratively) marriage
- (masonry) The horizontal surface of a building stone.
- the upper and lower beds
- (masonry) A course of stone or brick in a wall.
- (masonry) The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.
- The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
- (printing, dated) The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.
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. Like many nouns denoting places where people spend time, bed requires no article after certain prepositions: hence in bed (“lying in a bed”), go to bed (“get into a bed”), and so on. The forms in a bed, etc. do exist, but tend to imply mere presence in the bed, without it being for the purpose of sleep.
(third-person singular simple present beds, present participle bedding, simple past and past participle bedded)
- To go to a bed.
- To put oneself to sleep.
- To place in a bed.
- To furnish with a bed or bedding.
- To settle, as machinery.
- To set in a soft matrix, as paving stones in sand, or tiles in cement.
- To set out (plants) in a garden bed.
- To lay or put in any hollow place, or place of rest and security, surrounded or enclosed; to embed.
- To dress or prepare the surface of (stone) so it can serve as a bed.
- To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position.
- (slang) To have sexual intercourse with. [from early 14th c.]
From Middle English bed, bedde, from Old English bedd (“bed, couch, resting-place; garden-bed, plot”), from Proto-Germanic *badją (“bed”), perhaps (if originally "dug sleeping-place") from Proto-Indo-European *bʰedʰ- (“to dig”). Cognate with Scots bed, bede (“bed”), North Frisian baad, beed (“bed”), West Frisian bêd (“bed”), Low German Bedd, Dutch bed (“bed”), German Bett (“bed”), Danish bed, Swedish bädd (“bed”), Icelandic beður (“bed”), and (through Proto-Indo-European, if the above etymology is correct) with Ancient Greek βοθυρος (bothuros, “pit”), Latin fossa (“ditch”), Latvian bedre (“hole”), Welsh bedd (“grave”), Breton bez (“grave”); and probably also Russian бодать (bodat').
The traditional etymology as a derivation from the Proto-Indo-European verb for 'to dig' has been doubted, arguing that there are (allegedly) few, if any, cultures known to dig out beds, rather than to build "pads". However, what the Germanic word originally referred to is not known with precision, and it notably has the additional meaning "flower-bed, plot" (preserved in English and several other modern Germanic languages, but present in older stages as well; in Modern German, two separate words exist as the result of a paradigm split: Bett, specialised to the meaning "(human) sleeping-place", is a back-formation from the Old High German genitive bettes, while Beet, specialised to the meaning "flower-bed, garden plot", continues the Old High German nominative/accusative beti), which fits the traditional derivation. Perhaps the word originally referred to dug sleeping-places of animals, compare (with the inverse semantic development) lair from Old English leġer (“couch, bed”).