[ bed-ing ]
/ ˈbɛd ɪŋ /


blankets, sheets, etc., used on a bed; bedclothes.
bedclothes together with a matress.
litter; straw, etc., as a bed for animals.
Building Trades.
  1. a foundation or bottom layer.
  2. a thin layer of putty laid in the rabbet of a window frame or muntin to give a pane of glass an even backing.
Geology. arrangement of sedimentary rocks in strata.


Horticulture. of or relating to a plant especially suited to or prepared for planting in an open-air bed for ornamental displays: bedding hyacinths; bedding begonias.

Nearby words

  1. bedclothing,
  2. bedcover,
  3. beddable,
  4. bedded,
  5. bedder,
  6. bedding plane,
  7. bedding plant,
  8. beddoes,
  9. beddoes, thomas lovell,
  10. beddy-bye

Origin of bedding

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see bed, -ing1

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bedding


/ (ˈbɛdɪŋ) /


bedclothes, sometimes considered together with a mattress
litter, such as straw, for animals
something acting as a foundation, such as mortar under a brick
the arrangement of a mass of rocks into distinct layers; stratification


abbreviation for

Bachelor of Education


/ (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

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Word Origin and History for bedding
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Medicine definitions for bedding


[ 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 bedding


[ 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 bedding


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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