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bed

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noun \ ˈbed \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of bed

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 :a flat or level surface: such 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 :a supporting surface or structure :foundation
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 :a mass or heap resembling a bed
  • a bed of ashes
  • served on a bed of lettuce
7 :an open, usually rectangular cargo area or platform at the rear of truck
  • a pickup truck with a short bed
  • We loaded the equipment and put a cover over the truck bed.
8 music
a :an instrumental or vocal track that is combined with other tracks to produce a musical composition
  • Turner gives the track an air of familiarity with his lead vocal, which sits atop an instrumental bed dominated by an infectious, sweeping string section.
  • Music Week
b :a musical soundtrack (as to a motion picture or television show)
  • As a video tribute … played on a projector screen, with a music bed complementing a montage of pictures from different stages of the players' lives, a mom admitted to having tears in her eyes.
  • —Joe Aguilar
go to bed with
:to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
  • She had gone to bed with a man she loved and had suffered the ultimate humiliation—rejection …
  • —Evelyn Anthony
in bed
:in the act of sexual intercourse
  • caught her husband and another woman in bed together
in/into bed with informal
:in/into an improperly close relationship with
  • … he found himself in bed with those he used to see as the wrong kind of people …
  • —Ronald Radosh
  • The administration had gotten into bed with an obscure guerrilla army with which it had, in truth, few sympathies.
  • —Mark Dennis et al.
make one's bed and lie in it
used to say that one is responsible for dealing with the problems that result from one's own bad decisions
  • Why should taxpayers have to cover for the foolish investments and risky deals financial fat cats made? Wall Street made its bed, the thinking goes, and now those executives should lie in it.
  • The Dallas Morning Star

Examples of bed in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of bed

Middle English, going back to Old English bedd "sleeping place, plot of ground prepared for plants," going back to Germanic *badja- (whence Old Frisian bed "sleeping place," Old High German betti, Old Norse beðr "bolster, bedding," Gothic badi "sleeping place"), of uncertain origin
Note: Traditionally Germanic *badja- has been taken as a derivative of an Indo-European verbal base *bhodh-i- "poke, dig" (see 1fossil), on the assumption that a bed was originally a pit dug in the ground, though there are no grounds to believe that early Germanic or pre-Germanic peoples slept in pits.

bed Synonyms

Synonyms
bunk, doss [chiefly British], hay [slang], kip, lair [British dialect], pad, rack, sack
Antonyms
consciousness, wake, wakefulness
Related Words
bedstead, futon, mattress, pallet; bunk bed, cot, couch, daybed, feather bed, four-poster, hammock, Murphy bed, shakedown, sleigh bed, sofa, sofa bed, studio couch, trundle bed, water bed; bassinet, carry-cot [British], cradle, crib
Near Antonyms
surface

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms


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bed

verb

Definition of bed

bedded; bedding
intransitive verb
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
2 :to form a layer
3 :to lie flat or flush
transitive verb
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
2 a :embed
b :to plant or arrange in beds
3 a :to lay flat or in a layer
b :to make a bed in or of
4 :to have sexual intercourse with

Examples of bed in a Sentence

  1. He has fantasies about bedding a fashion model.

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

Recent Examples of bed from the Web

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First Known Use of bed

before 12th century

bed Synonyms

Synonyms
crash [slang], doss (down) [chiefly British], retire, turn in, hit the hay (or sack)
Antonyms
arise, get up, rise, uprise
Related Words
bunk, perch, roost, settle; doze, drop off, nap, nod, sleep, slumber, snooze; couch, lie (down), recline
Near Antonyms
arouse, awake, awaken, rouse, wake, waken; bestir, stir; reawake, reawaken; shift, stir

BEd

abbreviation

Definition of BEd

bachelor of education

BED Defined for English Language Learners

bed

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noun

Definition of bed for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of furniture that people sleep on

  • : something that is used to sleep on

  • : a small area of ground specially prepared for plants


bed

verb

Definition of bed for English Language Learners

  • : to have sex with (someone)

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


BED Defined for Kids

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bed

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noun \ ˈbed \

Definition of bed for Students

1 :a piece of furniture on which a person sleeps or rests
2 :a place for sleeping or resting
  • Deer made a bed in the grass.
3 :sleep or a time for sleeping
  • She reads before bed.
4 :a piece of ground prepared for growing plants
5 :the bottom of something
  • the bed of a river
6 :1layer 1
  • a thick bed of rock

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bed

verb

Definition of bed for Students

bedded; bedding
:to put or go to bed She bedded down for the night.

Medical Dictionary

bed

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noun \ ˈbed \

medical Definition of bed

1 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
2 :a layer of specialized or altered tissue especially when separating dissimilar structures — see nail bed, vascular bed

BED

abbreviation

medical Definition of BED

binge eating disorder
  • One of these patterns is called binge eating disorder (BED), in which, at least twice a week, people uncontrollably eat large quantities of food in a short time span but do not purge.
  • —Carole SugarmanThe Washington Post3 May 1994


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