cot

1
[kot]
noun
  1. a light portable bed, especially one of canvas on a folding frame.
  2. British. a child's crib.
  3. a light bedstead.
  4. Nautical. a hammocklike bed stiffened by a suspended frame.

Origin of cot

1
1625–35; < Hindi khāṭ < Prakrit khaṭṭā < Sanskrit khaṭvā; akin to Tamil kattil bedstead

cot

2
[kot]
noun
  1. a small house; cottage; hut.
  2. a small place of shelter.
  3. a sheath or protective covering, as for an injured finger or toe.

Origin of cot

2
before 900; Middle English, Old English cot (neuter; cf. cote1); cognate with Old Norse kot hut; akin to cubby, cove1
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Related Words for cots

bunk, berth, gurney, trundle

Examples from the Web for cots

Contemporary Examples of cots

Historical Examples of cots

  • Such was the spot where the shepherds and shepherdesses of a hundred cots were now assembled.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • In a few minutes she made Marion lie down on one of the cots.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Suddenly she ran over to one of the cots and dropping there burst into tears.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • Here was a big room containing twenty cots, ten on each side.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • Will and George sat down on the edge of their cots and laughed.


British Dictionary definitions for cots

cot

1
noun
  1. a child's boxlike bed, usually incorporating vertical bars
  2. a collapsible or portable bed
  3. a light bedstead
  4. nautical a hammock-like bed with a stiff frame

Word Origin for cot

C17: from Hindi khāt bedstead, from Sanskrit khátvā, of Dravidian origin; related to Tamil kattil bedstead

cot

2
noun
  1. literary, or archaic a small cottage
  2. Also called: cote
    1. a small shelter, esp one for pigeons, sheep, etc
    2. (in combination)dovecot
  3. another name for fingerstall

Word Origin for cot

Old English cot; related to Old Norse kot little hut, Middle Low German cot

cot

3
abbreviation for
  1. cotangent

cot

4
verb cots, cotting or cotted
  1. Midland English dialect to entangle or become entangled
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Word Origin and History for cots

cot

n.1

"small bed," 1630s, from Hindi khat "couch, hammock," from Sanskrit khatva, probably from a Dravidian source (cf. Tamil kattil "bedstead").

cot

n.2

"hut, cottage;" see cote.

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cots in Science

cot

  1. Abbreviation of cotangent
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