bed·​side | \ ˈbed-ˌsīd How to pronounce bedside (audio) \

Definition of bedside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the side of a bed : a place beside a bed



Definition of bedside (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or conducted at the bedside a bedside diagnosis
2 : suitable for reading in bed a bedside book

Examples of bedside in a Sentence

Noun She sat at his bedside until the fever broke.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His father, Bassam, uttered reassurances by his bedside and played recordings from his mother, who was being treated in another hospital. Washington Post, "For Beirut’s traumatized survivors, days of waking nightmares and nights of troubled dreams," 10 Sep. 2020 At one bedside, an 18-year-old brought his high school diploma for his unconscious 45-year-old father to see. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "We went inside Parkland’s COVID unit during its ‘worst week’ as coronavirus cases spike in North Texas," 28 June 2020 By nightfall, Nicholas is resting in intensive care, his mother hovering at his bedside. Mark Johnson And Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One in a billion: Armed with a mysterious answer, Nicholas' doctors and parents weigh a risky treatment," 25 Dec. 2010 And there are other things happening at the bedside that are making a difference. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "COVID Watch: Blood thinners, steroids showing promise to save lives in COVID-19 crisis," 28 Sep. 2020 As such, Hydryomate’s best-selling water bottle has quickly become one of Teigen’s bedside musts. Eva Thomas,, "Chrissy Teigen Uses This Genius Bottle That’ll Actually Motivate You to Drink More Water," 22 Sep. 2020 While Sean works and cares for the girls, Amylynne seldom leaves her son's bedside. Mark Johnson And Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One in a billion: A 4-year-old is plagued by a mysterious, relentless disease. His genome might hold clues.," 18 Dec. 2010 Keep it on your bedside table for nightly applications., "The 11 Best Hand, Foot, and Nail Products of 2020, According to Health Editors," 11 Sep. 2020 Health care workers at Conway Regional flooded Ritter with attention throughout her stay, with one employee singing to her and others praying with her at bedside. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Beating covid-19 a breath at a time," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sleep From soothing pacifiers and a bedside sleeper to a video monitor that will replace your iPad as your new favorite tech, putting your little one to sleep also requires an arsenal of products. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "The 16 Best Amazon Prime Day Baby Deals of 2020," 13 Oct. 2020 In her subsequent documentary about Snowden, Citizenfour, Doctorow’s book appears on the bedside table of his hotel room, next to a tangle of cables and piled laptops. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "His Writing Radicalized Young Hackers. Now He Wants to Redeem Them," 12 Oct. 2020 Stith joined the bedside nurse and respiratory therapist in the room, and the three of them held vigil together for almost an hour. Star Tribune, "Lives, on the line," 2 Oct. 2020 Those inducted into Cleveland Clinic’s Nursing Hall of Fame are bedside nurses nominated by their colleagues for their special skills, dedication and commitment to patient care and compassionate nursing. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "CLE Diaper Drive adopts new format during pandemic: A Place in the Sun," 22 Sep. 2020 Another involved a hospital’s refusal under its no-visitors rule during the pandemic to allow a bedside visit by a priest. ... Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Hospitals’ Covid-19 Policies Face Religious-Rights Checks by Trump Administration," 10 Aug. 2020 Schmidt’s landmark study, funded by the Department of Defense, looked at copper alloys on surfaces including bedside rails, tray tables, intravenous poles, and chair armrests at three hospitals around the country. Jim Morrison, Smithsonian Magazine, "Copper’s Virus-Killing Powers Were Known Even to the Ancients," 14 Apr. 2020 In China, Wang Ming, general manager for Flex’s Suzhou and Shanghai plants, had kept skeleton crews working throughout the holiday making semiconductor equipment, telecom gear, CT scanners and bedside patient monitors, mostly for the Chinese market. Washington Post, "We are deeply grateful to our subscribers who make our work possible.," 30 July 2020 Other operations in Wisconsin include bedside monitors, incubators for neonatal intensive care and ventilators. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GE Healthcare to lay off 123 people as it moves about 250 jobs from Wauwatosa," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of bedside


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bedside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bedside

: the place next to a person's bed


bed·​side | \ ˈbed-ˌsīd How to pronounce bedside (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedside

: the place next to a bed I stayed at her bedside while she slept.


bed·​side | \ ˈbed-ˌsīd How to pronounce bedside (audio) \

Medical Definition of bedside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place beside a bed especially of a bedridden person



Medical Definition of bedside (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or conducted at the bedside of a bedridden patient a bedside diagnosis
2 : suitable for a bedridden person bedside reading

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