bedside

noun
bed·​side | \ˈbed-ˌsīd \

Definition of bedside 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

bedside

adjective

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

Father of man Tased by police stands endless bedside vigil | Helen Ubiñas A bystander caught the incident on video and posted it to Facebook. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "Lancaster police Taser use on unarmed man under investigation," 29 June 2018 Cepkauskas has somehow weathered the exhausting bedside vigils during Emily's many hospitalizations. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Mom of Down syndrome baby thanks Homer Glen community for holding Emily's Heart close to its own," 10 Mar. 2018 The American economy had swapped the frivolity of a stock market party for the grim trappings of a bedside vigil. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "The Era of Easy Money Is Ending, and the World Is Bracing for Shocks," 6 Feb. 2018 My bedside table is wood, and my knuckles rapped it with each new terrifying thought. Galadriel Watson, Discover Magazine, "Why We Feel the Need to Knock On Wood," 17 Oct. 2018 Needless to say, bedside tables just got a seductive upgrade. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "9 Fall Skin-Care Products For a Filter-Free Glow," 27 Sep. 2018 Claus Spreckels, his son, was at his father’s bedside when death came at 2:30 o’clock. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 8, 1926: John D. Spreckels dies at home in Coronado," 8 June 2018 Yet many of the companies developing these tools have neither the funds nor the wherewithal to test effectively and efficiently what can really help at the bedside. Derek Angus, STAT, "Current efforts to fight sepsis aren’t working. We need a bolder approach," 14 June 2018 In each nomination, she was characterized as a nurse any hospital, physician, fellow nurse and patient would want at the bedside. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Chronicle recognizes Top 15 Nurses for excellence, dedication," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of bedside

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bedside

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bedside

: the place next to a person's bed

bedside

noun
bed·​side | \ˈbed-ˌsīd \

Kids Definition of bedside

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

bedside

noun
bed·​side | \ˈbed-ˌsīd \

Medical Definition of bedside 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a place beside a bed especially of a bedridden person

bedside

adjective

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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