- a prolonged rest in bed, as in the treatment of an illness.
- a device used to support a person sitting up in bed.
Origin of bed rest
First recorded in 1870–75
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One winter evening a woman came to my door to see if she could borrow a bed-rest.Change in the Village
(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Word Origin and History for bed-rest
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