hotbed

noun

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

Example Sentences

a hotbed of political unrest prerevolutionary Boston was viewed as a hotbed of treason by the British
Recent Examples on the Web Those experiences still resonate for Salvadoran Americans in places such as Los Angeles, which became a hotbed for a generation in exile from the Central American nation that had plunged into a catastrophic 12-year civil war. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2022 In addition to Twitter, TikTok became a hotbed for discussion of the case, which largely appeared to be in favor of Depp. Marisa Dellatto, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Meat plants became a hotbed for Covid outbreaks in the first year of the pandemic as workers grappled with long hours in crowded work spaces. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 12 May 2022 Simon is referring to the now infamous story of the Gun Trace Task Force, a small plainclothes unit in the Baltimore Police Department charged with getting guns off the street that became a hotbed of corruption. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 When storms or bad weather kept the ships in port, Siglufjörður became a hotbed of activity. Elizabeth Heath, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 The O’Jays are considered one the greatest vocal groups of the 1970s and key in the development of the influential Philadelphia soul sound, which became a hotbed of rhythm and blues for decades to come. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2021 In turn, TikTok became a hotbed of home handicraft project-inspo, with crochet bucket hats, balaclavas, bras, halter tops, and more, all becoming big hits on the app. refinery29.com, 18 Aug. 2021 With this background, Floyd’s death, and Trump striving to make Portland a national example of lawlessness, Bell says it’s no surprise that Portland became a hotbed of Black Lives Matter activism. oregonlive, 12 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hotbed was in 1626

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“Hotbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hotbed. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hotbed

noun
hot·​bed ˈhät-ˌbed How to pronounce hotbed (audio)
1
: a heated bed of soil enclosed in glass and used for growing seedlings
2
: an environment that favors rapid growth or development
a hotbed of crime

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