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noun \ˈbed\

Simple Definition of bed

  • : a piece of furniture that people sleep on

  • : something that is used to sleep on

  • : a small area of ground specially prepared for plants

Full Definition of bed

  1. 1 a :  a piece of furniture on or in which to lie and sleep b (1) :  a place of sex relations (2) :  marital relationship (3) :  close association :  cahoots <a legislator in bed with lobbyists> c :  a place for sleeping d :  sleep; also :  a time for sleeping <took a walk before bed> e (1) :  a mattress filled with soft material (2) :  bedstead f :  the equipment and services needed to care for one hospitalized patient or hotel guest

  2. 2 :  a flat or level surface: as a :  a plot of ground prepared for plants; also :  the plants grown in such a plot b :  the bottom of a body of water; especially :  an area of sea bottom supporting a heavy growth of a particular organism <an oyster bed>

  3. 3 :  a supporting surface or structure :  foundation

  4. 4 :  layer, stratum

  5. 5 a :  the place or material in which a block or brick is laid b :  the lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile

  6. 6 :  a mass or heap resembling a bed <a bed of ashes> <served on a bed of lettuce>

in bed
  1. :  in the act of sexual intercourse

Examples of bed

  1. The room contains only a bed and a dresser.

  2. There are two beds in the hotel room.

  3. He lay in bed all morning.

  4. The blanket by the fireplace is the dog's bed.

  5. Her bed was a mound of soft pine needles.

  6. I'm planning on putting a bed of perennials in that corner of the yard.

Origin of bed

Middle English, from Old English bedd; akin to Old High German betti bed, Latin fodere to dig

First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with bed




Simple Definition of bed

  • : to have sex with (someone)

  • : to place (food) on a pile or layer of something else

Full Definition of bed


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to find or make sleeping accommodations —usually used with down <a place to bed down> b :  to go to bed —usually used with down <bed down at midnight>

  3. 2 :  to form a layer

  4. 3 :  to lie flat or flush

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to furnish with a bed or bedding :  settle in sleeping quarters —often used with down b :  to put, take, or send to bed

  7. 2 a :  embed b :  to plant or arrange in beds c :  base, establish

  8. 3 a :  to lay flat or in a layer b :  to make a bed in or of

  9. 4 :  to have sexual intercourse with

Examples of bed

  1. He has fantasies about bedding a fashion model.

  2. <the campers all bedded down for the night around 9:00 p.m.>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of bed

before 12th century



Definition of BEd

  1. bachelor of education

BED Defined for Kids



noun \ˈbed\

Definition of bed

  1. 1 :  a piece of furniture on which a person sleeps or rests

  2. 2 :  a place for sleeping or resting <Deer made a bed in the grass.>

  3. 3 :  sleep or a time for sleeping <She reads before bed.>

  4. 4 :  a piece of ground prepared for growing plants

  5. 5 :  the bottom of something <the bed of a river>

  6. 6 :  1layer 1 <a thick bed of rock>




Definition of bed


  1. :  to put or go to bed <She bedded down for the night.>

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈbed\

Medical Definition of bed

  1. 1a:  a piece of furniture on or in which one may lie and sleep—see hospital bedb:  the equipment and services needed to care for one hospitalized patient

  2. 2:  a layer of specialized or altered tissue especially when separating dissimilar structures—see nail bed, vascular bed

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