hotbed

play
noun hot·bed \ˈhät-ˌbed\

Definition of hotbed

  1. 1 :  a bed of soil enclosed in glass, heated especially by fermenting manure, and used for forcing or for raising seedlings

  2. 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

1626

First Known Use of hotbed

1626


HOTBED Defined for English Language Learners

hotbed

play
noun hot·bed \ˈhät-ˌbed\

Definition of hotbed for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hotbed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a weapon for destroying ships

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-spelling-bee
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!