- 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.
- to retire, especially for the night.
- to engage in sexual relations.
- beneath the covers of a bed.
- engaged in sexual intercourse.
- to help (a child, invalid, etc.) go to bed.
- Printing.to lock up (forms) in a press in preparation for printing.
- to work on the preparation of (an edition of a newspaper, periodical, etc.) up to the time of going to press.
Origin of bed
Synonyms for bed
- 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.
get up on the wrong side of bed
Be in a grouchy, irritable state, as in What's got into Max today? Did he get up on the wrong side of bed? This expression alludes to the ancient superstition that it was bad luck to put one's left foot down first, and was so used in a number of 17th-century plays. By the early 1800s it was associated more with ill humor than misfortune.
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