- 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 beds
Contemporary Examples of beds
They were carpenters making chairs, beds and other rudimentary pieces of furniture for the locals.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS
Mohammed A. Salih
December 27, 2014
Some have beds and heaters inside for the family members who want to stay all night.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
There was one bathroom on the ship, and there were no showers or beds.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
The beds were crammed together, and a man in the middle of the room had spots of flesh on his body that obviously were rotting.Putin’s Health Care Disaster
November 30, 2014
So she began trying out the beds, but none of them suited her until she found that the seventh one was just right.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
Historical Examples of beds
The man assented to her argument, and went to look out the two beds she wanted.Weighed and Wanting
They saw potio in sight again; and, immediately, long grass for beds.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Then they lay down again upon the beds and talked together as to what they should do.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
It was terrible, it was wicked to talk of people making their own beds and then lying in them.
The married men have given their beds to girls who are drowned out.
- 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
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