hot·​bed | \ ˈhät-ˌbed How to pronounce hotbed (audio) \

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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Philadelphia is one of the leading hotbeds for urban farming and gardening. Kimberly Garrison,, "How to get a great workout in the garden," 6 June 2018 On Fox News: Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder previews President Trump's visit to the MS-13 hotbed. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Mueller team not interested in alleged Trump informants, aide says; Trump-Kim summit in doubt," 23 May 2018 The North Shore, Newport, the Berkshires, and the South Coast of Rhode Island were all hotbeds for polo, collectively on a par with Buenos Aires and Palm Beach. Anthony Flint,, "For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House," 16 May 2018 Attention attends Snyder at every meet, but particularly in his last one with so much at stake in a wrestling hotbed like Cleveland. Bill Livingston,, "Ohio State's Kyle Snyder says farewell at NCAA Wrestling Championships: Bill Livingston (photos)," 14 Mar. 2018 The story of this pipeline of wrestling talent begins with Dory Funk Sr., who promoted wrestling cards in the unlikely hotbed of Amarillo. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "The connection between West Texas State and ‘rassling," 25 Jan. 2018 Today, the riverside complex is a hotbed for Brooklyn businesses, startups, and studios, from Catbird, to Mast Brothers, to photographer Sebastian Kim. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How an Industrial Space in Brooklyn Was Transformed for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner," 6 Nov. 2018 The East Valley region of Phoenix was a hotbed for these problems, according to current and former employees. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Whistleblowers Detail Wells Fargo Wealth Management Woes," 27 July 2018 Many of them grew up together, helping to turn this once-barren wasteland into an unexpected hotbed of premier baseball talent. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How Las Vegas Became a Hot Spot for Baseball," 10 Dec. 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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