hot·bed | \ˈhät-ˌbed \

Definition of hotbed 

1 : a bed of soil enclosed in glass, heated especially by fermenting manure, and used for forcing or for raising seedlings

2 : an environment that favors rapid growth or development a hotbed of activity

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Examples of hotbed in a Sentence

a hotbed of political unrest prerevolutionary Boston was viewed as a hotbed of treason by the British

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The ruling has been eagerly awaited by conservatives, many of whom see universities as liberal hotbeds. Ruth Ravve, Fox News, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with fired conservative professor," 6 July 2018 In Bahr’s day, the Kensington neighborhood and other immigrant sections of Philadelphia and New York were among the hottest of soccer hotbeds in the country. Bob Ford,, "Bob Ford: Soccer underdogs top dogs at last," 18 June 2018 Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chelsea continues to be a hotbed for speculation, intrigue and hypotheses., "Why Laurent Blanc is the Worst Possible Managerial Choice for Chelsea in 2018," 8 June 2018 Texas isn't one of the nation's hotbeds of opioid addiction, but concern about the ongoing crisis has caused the state's association of hospitals to give ERs advice on how to curb the misuse and abuse of such painkillers. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Only prescribe opioids for short durations, advises Texas hospital group," 9 Feb. 2018 While most of these spots have long been hotbeds in crime — and virtually ignored for city investment — the Northeast Zone is an area where crime had recently started to creep up. Luke Broadwater,, "In Baltimore's high-crime zones, an experiment in government starts to yield results," 11 Apr. 2018 South Korea is a hotbed for cryptocurrency trading. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Bitcoin Falls Sharply After Another Cryptocurrency Exchange Is Hacked," 10 June 2018 Governing bodies and federations in all sports are hotbeds for in-fighting and second-guessing. Jon Wertheim,, "50 Parting Thoughts From Roland Garros 2018," 10 June 2018 First released in 1993, DOOM has been a hotbed for experimentation. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "AI Created DOOM Game Levels That Are Totally Playable," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of hotbed

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hotbed

: a place where something grows or develops easily : a place where something happens very commonly

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