- the underside of a stone, brick, slate, tile, etc., laid in position.
- the upper side of a stone laid in position.
- the layer of mortar in which a brick, stone, etc., is laid.
- the natural stratification of a stone: a stone laid on bed.
- the canvas surface of a trampoline.
- the smooth, wooden floor of a bowling alley.
- the slate surface of a billiard table to which the cloth is fastened.
verb (used with object), bed·ded, bed·ding.
verb (used without object), bed·ded, bed·ding.
- to make a bed for (a person, animal, etc.).
- to retire to bed: They put out the fire and decided to bed down for the night.
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Idioms for bed
- to retire, especially for the night.
- to engage in sexual relations.
- beneath the covers of a bed.
- engaged in sexual intercourse.
- to help (a child, invalid, etc.) go to bed.
- Printing. to lock up (forms) in a press in preparation for printing.
- to work on the preparation of (an edition of a newspaper, periodical, etc.) up to the time of going to press.
Origin of bed
OTHER WORDS FROM bedbedless, adjectivebedlike, adjectivein·ter·bed, adjective
Definition for bed (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for bed
Ed Brooke, the first African-American Senator since Reconstruction, embraced fights with the left and right.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
John B. Stetson was born in 1830 in New Jersey, the son of a hat maker.
Just another example of a guy in a John B. Stetson hat saving the day.
Cocker became an international star in the late 1960s, showing up everywhere from Woodstock to The Ed Sullivan Show.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I like all of them, in a way, but I like Scissorhands and Ed Wood.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Frequently they are found in alveolar arrangement, retaining the original outline of the alveoli of the lung (Fig. 4, b).
A was an Archer, who shot at a frog; B was a Butcher, and had a great dog.
(b) Diseases of the stomach associated with deficient hydrochloric acid, as chronic gastritis and gastric cancer.
The usual forms are: (a) Ammoniomagnesium phosphate crystals; (b) acid calcium phosphate crystals; and (c) amorphous phosphates.
Aunty Rosa sat him upon a table and told him that A B meant ab.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for bed (1 of 2)
- a situation or position of extreme difficulty
- a bed studded with nails on which a fakir lies
- (often foll by with) to have sexual intercourse (with)
- journalism printing (of a newspaper, magazine, etc) to go to press; start printing
- journalism to finalize work on (a newspaper, magazine, etc) so that it is ready to go to press
- printing to lock up the type forme of (a publication) in the press before printing
verb beds, bedding or bedded
Word Origin for bed
British Dictionary definitions for bed (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for bed (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for bed (2 of 2)
Scientific definitions for bed
Idioms and Phrases with bed
In addition to the idioms beginning with bed
- bed and board
- bed and breakfast
- bed of roses
- early to bed
- get up on the wrong side of bed
- go to bed with
- make one's bed and lie in it
- make the bed
- put to bed
- should have stood in bed
- strange bedfellows