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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Excited to help further grow lacrosse in the south, Marechek will always appreciate his time spent in one of the sport’s true hotbeds. Glenn Graham,, "Lacrosse legend Tom Marechek heads south to IMG Academy," 15 Aug. 2019 The Los Angeles arena ecosystem continues to provide a hotbed for the sport. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Banc of California Stadium evokes site’s Sports Arena past to host its first boxing match," 15 Aug. 2019 Denver’s early campaign to rally public support signals an aggressive approach to boost the city’s reputation as a rising soccer hotbed with infrastructure to handle massive crowds at games and fan festivities. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "“We have proven that we are ready.” Denver ramps up support of 2026 World Cup bid.," 11 July 2019 The Wagrain event, the first of three World Tour stops planned for this year, features teams from the usual Alpine nations associated with snow sports but also volleyball hotbeds like the U.S., Brazil and Russia. Jimmy Golen, The Seattle Times, "Americans head to first-ever snow volleyball world tour stop," 29 Mar. 2019 In 1998, at the beginning of the Kosovo war, his hometown of Drenica, in the centre of the country, was a hotbed of Albanian separatism. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 SoMa is a hotbed of development and gentrification. Flora Tsapovsky,, "SoMa’s Undiscovered festival of Filipino culture," 26 July 2019 Founded in 1825 on the island of Islay, the Port Ellen Distillery was once a hotbed of innovation for Scotland’s whisky industry. Emily Price, Fortune, "This Distillery Is Releasing Its Oldest Whisky Yet—36 Years After Closing," 20 July 2019 How young tyrannosaurs made their way in the world has long been a hotbed of speculation. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "Tyrannosaurus Rex: Scary. Smart. Social?," 12 Apr. 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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