- 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.
- 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
Synonyms for bed
Related Words for bedbunk, mattress, cot, crib, couch, frame, row, piece, garden, area, ground, seat, berth, bassinet, sack, platform, cradle, davenport, divan, pallet
Examples from the Web for bed
Contemporary Examples of bed
My doctor insisted that once I filed this piece I lie down on my bed and not get out.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
I fall back into a dream and then suddenly there is a tapping on the window just above my bed.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
While violent offenses are dramatically down in Bed Stuy, pockets of violence persist here.Anger at The Cop Killer - And The Police
December 21, 2014
That was honestly the scariest thing about putting the show to bed.
That was honestly the scariest thing about putting it to bed.
Historical Examples of bed
His nephew, with his coat stripped off, was sitting on the side of the bed.Brave and Bold
For as he tried to sit up, he fell back sick and dizzy on the bed.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
As soon as the fellow on the bed would have his breath he would scream.
The trousers which had lain on the floor beside Hank's bed were no longer there.
I have not been in bed all night; nor am I in the least drowsy.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- 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
- journalismto finalize work on (a newspaper, magazine, etc) so that it is ready to go to press
- printingto lock up the type forme of (a publication) in the press before printing
verb beds, bedding or bedded
Word Origin for bed
Old English bedd "bed, couch, resting place, garden plot," from Proto-Germanic *badjam "sleeping place dug in the ground" (cf. Old Frisian, Old Saxon bed, Middle Dutch bedde, Old Norse beðr, Old High German betti, German Bett, Gothic badi "bed"), from PIE root *bhedh- "to dig, pierce" (cf. Hittite beda- "to pierce, prick," Greek bothyros "pit," Latin fossa "ditch," Lithuanian bedre "to dig," Breton bez "grave"). Both "sleeping" and "gardening" senses are in Old English. Meaning "bottom of a lake, sea, watercourse" is from 1580s.
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