Nearby words

  1. becquerel ,
  2. becquerel effect,
  3. becquerel rays,
  4. becripple,
  5. bectu,
  6. bed and board,
  7. bed and breakfast,
  8. bed and pep,
  9. bed bath,
  10. bed board


Origin of bed

before 1000; Middle English; Old English bedd; cognate with Old Frisian, Dutch bed, Old Saxon bed(de), Old High German betti (German Bett), Gothic badi < Germanic *badjan (neuter); akin to Latin fodere to dig, OCS bodǫ, Lithuanian bedù I pierce, Welsh bedd a grave; presumably a bed was dug out in the ground

Related formsbed·less, adjectivebed·like, adjectivein·ter·bed, adjective


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British Dictionary definitions for bed


/ (bɛd) /


verb beds, bedding or bedded

See also bed in

Word Origin for bed

Old English bedd; related to Old Norse bethr, Old High German betti, Gothic badi


abbreviation for

Bachelor of Education
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Word Origin and History for bed
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Medicine definitions for bed


[ bĕd ]


A piece of furniture for reclining and sleeping, typically consisting of a flat, rectangular frame and a mattress resting on springs.
Such a piece of furniture used for rest, recuperation, or treatment.
A supporting, underlying, or securing base or structure, especially an anatomical one.

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Science definitions for bed


[ bĕd ]

A layer of sediments or rock, such as coal, that extends under a large area and has a distinct set of characteristics that distinguish it from other layers below and above it.
The bottom of a body of water, such as a lake, stream, or ocean.
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Idioms and Phrases with bed


In addition to the idioms beginning with bed

  • bed and board
  • bed and breakfast
  • bed of roses

also see:

  • 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
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