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bed

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noun \ˈbed\

Definition of bed

  1. 1a :  a piece of furniture on or in which to lie and sleepb (1) :  a place of sex relations (2) :  marital relationship (3) :  close association :  cahoots a legislator in bed with lobbyistsc :  a place for sleepingd :  sleep; also :  a time for sleeping took a walk before bede (1) :  a mattress filled with soft material (2) :  bedsteadf :  the equipment and services needed to care for one hospitalized patient or hotel guest

  2. 2 :  a flat or level surface: such asa :  a plot of ground prepared for plants; also :  the plants grown in such a plotb :  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. 5a :  the place or material in which a block or brick is laidb :  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

  7. 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. 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 Weekb :  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

  1. :  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

  1. :  in the act of sexual intercourse caught her husband and another woman in bed together

in/into bed with

informal

informal

  1. :  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

  1. —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.

Origin and Etymology 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

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms


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bed

verb

Definition of bed

bedded

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bedding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to find or make sleeping accommodations —usually used with down a place to bed downb :  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. 1a :  to furnish with a bed or bedding :  settle in sleeping quarters —often used with downb :  to put, take, or send to bed

  7. 2a :  embedb :  to plant or arrange in bedsc :  base, establish

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

  9. 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.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of bed

before 12th century


BEd

abbreviation

Definition of BEd

  1. bachelor of education


BED Defined for English Language Learners

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bed

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noun \ˈbed\

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


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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. 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


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bed

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verb

Definition of bed for Students

bedded

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bedding

  1. :  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. 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


BED

abbreviation

Medical Definition of BED

  1. 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 Sugarman, The Washington Post, 3 May 1994



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