A bed in a hotel.
- 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 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
- accommodations for an occupant: often used in comb.: a 100-bed hospital
- 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 Old English from Indo-European base an unverified form bhedh-, to dig from source German bett, Classical Latin fossa, ditch, Welsh bedd, Breton béz, a grave; origin, originally sense, “a hollow in the ground for sleeping”
transitive verbbed′ded, bed′ding
- 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
in (or into) 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
- Alternative form of B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education).
- Initialism of banana equivalent dose.