hotbed

noun hot·bed \ ˈhät-ˌbed \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

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

Examples of hotbed in a Sentence

  1. a hotbed of political unrest

  2. prerevolutionary Boston was viewed as a hotbed of treason by the British

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First Known Use of hotbed

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of hotbed for English Language Learners

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



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