noun \ˈbed\

: 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

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
:  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>
:  a supporting surface or structure :  foundation
:  layer, stratum
a :  the place or material in which a block or brick is laid
b :  the lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile
:  a mass or heap resembling a bed <a bed of ashes> <served on a bed of lettuce>
in bed
:  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

Related to BED

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee



: to have sex with (someone)

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


Full Definition of BED

intransitive verb
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>
:  to form a layer
:  to lie flat or flush
transitive verb
a :  to furnish with a bed or bedding :  settle in sleeping quarters —often used with down
b :  to put, take, or send to bed
a :  embed
b :  to plant or arrange in beds
c :  base, establish
a :  to lay flat or in a layer
b :  to make a bed in or of
:  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.>

First Known Use of BED

before 12th century

Related to BED

crash [slang], doss (down) [chiefly British], retire, turn in, hit the hay (or sack)
arise, get up, rise, uprise



Definition of BED

bachelor of education

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


noun \ˈbed\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BED

a : a piece of furniture on or in which one may lie and sleep—see hospital bed b : the equipment and services needed to care for one hospitalized patient
: a layer of specialized or altered tissue especially when separating dissimilar structures—see nail bed, vascular bed


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Great Bed of Ware, carved, inlaid, and painted wood, English, late 16th century; in the Victoria …—Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Crown copyright reserved

Piece of furniture on which a person may recline or sleep. Beds of simple construction appear in medieval manuscripts, as do more decorative beds with carving and inlay, embroidered coverlets, and elaborate hangings. The canopy, or tester, was introduced in the 15th century. In the 1820s the development of coiled springs fitted into mattresses revolutionized the bed. In the Middle East beds consisted of rugs piled up on the floor. In China raised and canopied beds were used 2,000 years ago. The traditional Japanese bed (futon) consists of quilted padding and a coverlet arranged on the floor.


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