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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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 Take a look: Massachusetts has historically been a hotbed for Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness concentrated primarily in the Northeast and upper Midwest. Matt Rocheleau,, "Mass. counties have some of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the US," 10 May 2018 Butler County was a hotbed for Trump during his run for president. Jessie Balmert,, "Tanning salons, ghost candidates and party switchers: Nine local primaries to watch next week," 30 Apr. 2018 Houston is a hotbed for the foodie culture, and local luxury high-rises aim to meet their demands by creating exceptional kitchens. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: High-rise residents boast high-end kitchen amenities," 29 Apr. 2018 California is a hotbed for robot-car development with 50 companies testing 387 autonomous vehicles here. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Look, ma, no driver! Cars without humans coming to California soon," 23 Feb. 2018 Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican who spent 13 years in Congress, said Washington has always been a hotbed of dissent. Author: Paul Schwartzman, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "'Viciousness': Trump aides endure public fury toward president's policies," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of hotbed

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hotbed was in 1626

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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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the setting in which something occurs

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