- a foundation or bottom layer.
- a thin layer of putty laid in the rabbet of a window frame or muntin to give a pane of glass an even backing.
Origin of bedding
- 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.
Origin of bed
Synonyms for bed
Examples from the Web for bedding
Contemporary Examples of bedding
As I dragged my bedding into the unit, the deputy handed me a plastic bag.I Detoxed from Heroin in Jail
June 28, 2014
The Shanars spent Sunday night out on the deck, with nothing but some pillows and bedding, tossing and turning.We Survived the Triumph: Passengers Describe Their Doomed Carnival Cruise
Winston Ross, Eliza Shapiro, Sam Register
February 16, 2013
Am I suggesting we give Big Dogs carte blanche to run wild, bedding every pretty young thing who catches their eye?Let Alpha Males Like David Petraeus Cheat!
November 14, 2012
Rebecca Dana on his upcoming menswear collection, reality-TV projects—and a line of bedding.Building Brand Lochte
September 11, 2012
Warren Jeffs, the cult leader with some 100 wives, goes on trial today, charged with bedding girls as young as 12.Polygamy Power Play
July 25, 2011
Historical Examples of bedding
Bed and bedding had gone, piece by piece, to the second-hand dealers of the neighborhood.L'Assommoir
He ate his supper and then spread his bedding on the ground just outside the door of the cabin.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
"Look," he said, pointing at the growing pile of bags and bedding on the brig's quarter-deck.The Rescue
The bedding followed; the cell was gone over microscopically.
The waggon-maker went back to the corner of his house for some bedding.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
- 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
later Old English beddinge "bedding, bed covering," from bed. Meaning "bottom layer of anything" is from c.1400.
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