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 fall took Smith and her band out of commission, but before the end of the year, one that established their home of New York as punk epicenter and rock n’ roll hotbed, the eager, hungry band met their match in an eager, hungry producer. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Patti Smith on 'Because The Night' at 40: How Her Bruce Springsteen Collaboration Is 'A Whole Life in A Song'," 21 June 2018 The rapidly developing city of Shenzhen has flourished into a cultural hotbed, evidenced by the OCT Loft art district and an influx of chefs serving contemporary Cantonese cuisine. Kate Springer, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Hong Kong," 5 Mar. 2018 Guinea is a hotbed of mining activity in recent months as aluminum firms from the U.S., China and Russia, try to carve out a piece of its massive bauxite-ore deposits used to produce alumina and aluminum. Costas Paris, WSJ, "China’s Cosco Plans to Buy 25 Ships to Move Bauxite from Africa," 2 Nov. 2018 In rallies around Idlib the last two weeks, protesters took to the streets to deny that the province is a hotbed of extremists. Fox News, "Last stand: Syria's rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle," 16 Sep. 2018 The Ukrainian borders are a hotbed of drone activity as the country continues its ongoing struggle against the Russians. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What’s With This Weird Drone Stuck in a Ukrainian Tree?," 6 Sep. 2018 The region is not exactly a hotbed of activity for the Border Patrol. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Border Patrol Stops Canadian Fishermen in Disputed Waters Off Maine," 6 July 2018 No American has been part of more of these five-ring adventures than the guy who attended that hockey hotbed of Mira Mesa High. Mark Zeigler,, "Hockey great Chris Chelios is back in his comfort zone: the Olympics," 19 Feb. 2018 Perhaps the media glare will create a hotbed of accountability where victims can speak out and still find work. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Are we really celebrating right now? Why awards season is set to be shrouded in black," 5 Jan. 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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