wa·​ter·​bed ˈwȯ-tər-ˌbed How to pronounce waterbed (audio)
variants or water bed
: a bed whose mattress is a watertight bag filled with water

Examples of waterbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web George had a cameo in Licorice Pizza George landed a role in 2021's Licorice Pizza as a quirky waterbed salesman, despite his son not starring in the film. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 25 July 2023 The rover, which scientists say will travel about 10 miles on its search, is also tasked with looking for signs of ancient life on the planet, starting in a dry waterbed that had once been a lake. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 Chia, who was my session’s reality manager, first asked me to remove my shoes and glasses and lie down on what looked — and felt like — a massage table with a foot-thick soft-sided waterbed layered over top. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2023 So the waterbed was perhaps a step too far. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 4 June 2021 Holden subjects Alana to a grimly funny drunken dinner that ends with him trying to re-create the action stunts of his stardom; Peters rabidly barks about his legendary girlfriend as Gary and Alana try to fill up his new waterbed. David Sims, The Atlantic, 26 Nov. 2021 An unnerving scene involving an evil waterbed and a traumatized child might seem like a pretty unreal occurrence. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 This week, dinosaur tracks from 113 million years ago were uncovered at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas, and 600-year-old Buddhist statues were revealed in the waterbed of China's Yangtze River. Maureen O'Hare, CNN, 27 Aug. 2022 Pretty much any member who owned a waterbed is voting for this movie. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of waterbed was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Waterbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterbed. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

water bed

: a bed whose mattress is a plastic bag filled with water

Medical Definition


variants or water bed
: a bed whose mattress is a watertight bag filled with water

called also hydrostatic bed

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