sick·​bed | \ ˈsik-ˌbed How to pronounce sickbed (audio) \

Definition of sickbed

: the bed on which one lies sick

Examples of sickbed in a Sentence

The general gave the orders from his sickbed.
Recent Examples on the Web Ricks even came in from his sickbed to sentence Nash. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 Githaiga watched from her sickbed as the news media showed health officials and fellow nurses and doctors receiving their shots., 22 Mar. 2021 Watching the hearing from his sickbed, where he was cramped with body aches from COVID-19, Francis Bailey, a correctional officer at Loretto, was furious. Lisa Riordan Seville, NBC News, 19 Dec. 2020 In one of the movie’s many surreal interludes, a dying woman rises from her sickbed to cook one last dinner before expiring. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, 8 May 2020 The white peacocks that wander the gardens of St. John the Divine have been corralled and the cathedral has assembled a silent congregation of two hundred sickbeds. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 15 May 2020 Beside his sickbed were two framed pictures of Wilayat. Ellen Barry, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2019 People who know Comey, and those who write about him, often tell the story from this time of Attorney General John Ashcroft, on his sickbed, in 2004. David Shortell, CNN, 13 Apr. 2018 The sickbed visit was the start of a dramatic showdown between the White House and the Justice Department in early 2004 that, according to Comey, was resolved only when Bush overruled Gonzales and Card. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of sickbed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sickbed

: the bed on which a sick person lies


sick·​bed | \ ˈsik-ˌbed How to pronounce sickbed (audio) \

Kids Definition of sickbed

: a bed on which a sick person lies


sick·​bed | \ ˈsik-ˌbed How to pronounce sickbed (audio) \

Medical Definition of sickbed

: the bed upon which one lies sick

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