- 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
As I dragged my bedding into the unit, the deputy handed me a plastic bag.
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|DAILY BEAST
Am I suggesting we give Big Dogs carte blanche to run wild, bedding every pretty young thing who catches their eye?
Rebecca Dana on his upcoming menswear collection, reality-TV projects—and a line of bedding.
Warren Jeffs, the cult leader with some 100 wives, goes on trial today, charged with bedding girls as young as 12.
When peat moss was first introduced it was strongly recommended for the bedding of pigs.The Pig|Sanders Spencer
The second series of folderies to which the novice was initiated concerned themselves with his bedding.Observations of an Orderly|Ward Muir
But she had quite a good supply of bedding which was of great service to her on the journey.Lydia Knight's History|Susa Gates
The gardener was bedding out the geraniums along the straight ribbon border.Vera Nevill|Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
From these observations it followed that the planes of cleavage ought not to be coincident with those of bedding.Charles Lyell and Modern Geology|Thomas George Bonney
- 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