• WordNet 3.6
    • v bed prepare for sleep "I usually turn in at midnight","He goes to bed at the crack of dawn"
    • v bed have sexual intercourse with "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm","Adam knew Eve","Were you ever intimate with this man?"
    • v bed put to bed "The children were bedded at ten o'clock"
    • v bed place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
    • v bed furnish with a bed "The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals"
    • n bed a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep "he sat on the edge of the bed","the room had only a bed and chair"
    • n bed a plot of ground in which plants are growing "the gardener planted a bed of roses"
    • n bed a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track "the track bed had washed away"
    • n bed the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.
    • n bed single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance "slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach"
    • n bed a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit "he worked in the coal beds"
    • n bed a depression forming the ground under a body of water "he searched for treasure on the ocean bed"
    • n bed (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock) "they found a bed of sandstone"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Three young children go up to bed with their mother Three young children go up to bed with their mother
persons in bed wearing respirators persons in bed wearing respirators
Bull Inn Rochester Good house Nice beds. vide Pickwick Bull Inn Rochester Good house Nice beds. vide Pickwick
Cardboard Box Beds Cardboard Box Beds
And lying down on Tiny's bed, falls asleep And lying down on Tiny's bed, falls asleep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a year, the average person walks four miles to make his or her bed
    • Bed (Masonry) A course of stone or brick in a wall.
    • Bed (Geol) A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between layers; as, a bed of coal, iron, etc.
    • Bed A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a bed of ashes or coals.
    • Bed A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a little raised above the adjoining ground. "Beds of hyacinth and roses."
    • Bed An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or on; a couch. Specifically: A sack or mattress, filled with some soft material, in distinction from the bedstead on which it is placed (as, a feather bed), or this with the bedclothes added. In a general sense, any thing or place used for sleeping or reclining on or in, as a quantity of hay, straw, leaves, or twigs. "And made for him [a horse] a leafy bed .""I wash, wring, brew, bake, . . . make the beds .""In bed he slept not for my urging it."
    • Bed (Gun) See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
    • Bed The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as, the bed of a river. "So sinks the daystar in the ocean bed ."
    • Bed (Printing) The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.
    • Bed (Mech) The foundation or the more solid and fixed part or framing of a machine; or a part on which something is laid or supported; as, the bed of an engine.
    • Bed (Masonry) The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the upper and lower beds .
    • Bed (Masonry) The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.
    • Bed (Masonry) The place or material in which a block or brick is laid.
    • Bed The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
    • Bed (Masonry) To dress or prepare the surface of stone) so as to serve as a bed.
    • Bed To furnish with a bed or bedding.
    • v. i Bed To go to bed; to cohabit. "If he be married, and bed with his wife."
    • Bed To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position. "Bedded hair."
    • Bed To lay or put in any hollow place, or place of rest and security, surrounded or inclosed; to embed; to furnish with or place upon a bed or foundation; as, to bed a stone; it was bedded on a rock. "Among all chains or clusters of mountains where large bodies of still water are bedded ."
    • Bed To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with. "I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her."
    • Bed To place in a bed.
    • Bed To plant or arrange in beds; to set, or cover, as in a bed of soft earth; as, to bed the roots of a plant in mold.
    • Bed Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage. "George, the eldest son of his second bed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Lebanon, Virginia it is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.
    • n bed That upon or within which one reposes or sleeps. A large flat bag filled with feathers, down, hair, straw, or the like; a mattress.
    • n bed Hence By extension, the resting-place of an animal.
    • n bed Any sleeping-place; a lodging; accommodation for the night.
    • n bed Matrimonial connection; conjugal union; matrimonial rights and duties.
    • n bed Offspring; progeny.
    • n bed Anything resembling, or assumed to resemble, a bed in form or position. A plat or piece of ground in a garden in which plants, especially flowers, are grown, usually raised a little above the adjoining ground.
    • n bed The bottom of a river or other stream, or of any body of water.
    • n bed A layer; a stratum; an extended mass of anything, whether upon the earth or within it: as, a bed of sulphur; a bed of sand or clay. In geology a bed is a layer of rock; a portion of a rock-mass which has so much homogeneity, and is so separated from the rock which lies over and under it, that it has a character of its own. This distinctness of character may be given by peculiarities of composition, texture, or color, or simply by a facility of separation from the associated beds. Thus, there may be a bed of marble intercalated in a mass of shale; or there may be several beds of marble associated together, each bed being individualized by peculiarities of texture or color. In the latter case there would ordinarily be a distinct break or solution of continuity between the different beds, so that when quarried they would separate from each other without difficulty along the plane of contact. The Latin word stratum is commonly employed in geological writings, and is almost the exact equivalent of bed. Bed, as applied to mineral deposits, implies ordinarily that the masses of ore thus characterized lie flat, and have more or less of the character of sedimentary deposits, in distinction from those of true veins, or lodes.
    • n bed Anything resembling a bed in function; that on which anything lies, or in which anything is embedded. Particularly— In building: Either of the horizontal surfaces of a building-stone in position. The surfaces are distinguished as the upper and the lower bed. The under surface of a brick, shingle, slate, or tile in position.
    • n bed A flock or number of animals, as of wild fowl on the water, closely packed together.
    • n bed A division of the ground in the game of hop-scotch, also called locally the game of “beds.”
    • bed To place in or as in a bed.
    • bed To go to bed with; make partaker of one's bed.
    • bed To provide a bed for; furnish with accommodations for sleeping.
    • bed To put to bed; specifically, to put (a couple) to bed together, as was formerly the custom at weddings.
    • bed To make a bed of, or plant in beds, as a mass of flowering plants or foliage-plants; also, to transplant into a bed or beds, as from pots or a hothouse: often with out.
    • bed To embed; fix or set in a permanent position; furnish with a bed: as, to bed a stone.
    • bed To lay in a stratum; stratify; lay in order or fiat.
    • bed To make a bed for, as a horse: commonly used with down.
    • bed To go to bed; retire to sleep: by extension applied to animals.
    • bed To cohabit; use the same bed; sleep together.
    • bed To rest as in or on a bed: with on.
    • bed To flock closely together, as wild fowl on the surface of the water.
    • bed To sleep; pass the night, as game in cover.
    • bed An occasional Middle English preterit of bid.
    • n bed The curved piece of wood which forms the main section of the platform carriage-part of a vehicle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In North Caroline it is illegal to make love on the floor of a hotel room between two double beds.
    • n Bed bed a couch or place to sleep on: a plot in a garden: a place in which anything rests, in carpentry, architecture, &c.: conjugal union, the marriage-bed, matrimonial rights and duties: the channel of a river:
    • v.t Bed to place in bed, as a couple after a wedding: to provide a bed, or to make a bed, for: to sow or plant: to lay in layers
    • v.i Bed to cohabit or use the same bed with another:—pr.p. bed′ding; pa.p. bed′ded
    • n Bed bed (geol.) a layer or stratum
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  • Joan Rivers
    Joan Rivers
    “Thank God we're living in a country where the sky's the limit, the stores are open late and you can shop in bed thanks to television.”
  • Angela Carter
    “The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Bed is the poor man's opera.”
  • Lord Milverton
    Lord Milverton
    “The ideal committee is one with me as the chairman, and two other members in bed with the flu.”
  • Proverb
    “We all end up in a single bed sooner or later.”
  • Thomas Ken
    Thomas Ken
    “Teach me to live that I may dread, the grave as little as my bed.”


Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise - It means that sleeping well and not staying up late will help you out physically and financially.
Get out of bed on the wrong side - If you get out of bed on the wrong side, you wake up and start the day in a bad mood for no real reason.
No bed of roses - If something isn't a bed of roses, it is difficult.
Reds under the bed - An ironic allusion to the obsession some people have that there are reds (communists) everywhere plotting violent revolution.
You've made your bed- you'll have to lie in it - This means that someone will have to live with the consequences of their own actions.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. bed, bedd,; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde, Icel. ber, Dan. bed, Sw. bädd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti, G. bett, bette, bed, beet, a plat of ground; all of uncertain origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bed; Ger. bett, Ice. bedr.


In literature:

And now undress and slip into bed before mother comes.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
She comes right indoors and prepares for her bed like a good child.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
About a fortnight before the tenth, Tanqueray was in bed, ill.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The tents were pitched for the sports near the bed of the valley, on the east side of the Newlands Beck.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
I told him that I wanted supper and a bed.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
On the bed sprawled young Joe Hagland, listlessly turning the pages of the exhausted magazine.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
She wished her husband would come in and put her to bed.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
The upper beds in the tier are situated so that the distance is about three feet from the bottom of one bed to the bottom of the next above.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
A white iron bed stood against the wall, near the window.
"Clematis" by Bertha B. Cobb
This he carefully planted in a flower-pot, and placed in a window-seat near his bed.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen

In poetry:

Hey, Lawdy Mama!
Do you hear what I said?
Easy like I rock it
In my bed!
"Easy Boogie" by Langston Hughes
When the lordly sun
Had his journey sped,
Far in the south,
Towards ocean's bed;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
He was morose,
but she was cheerful.
The bedroom was cold,
the feather bed close.
"A Summer’s Dream" by Elizabeth Bishop
Bound to my strait bed
Uncurtained I see
Heaven itself law-led,
Earth in slavery.
"Invalid Dawn" by Elizabeth Daryush
He's ben and ben,
and ben to his bed,
And with a sharp rapier
he stabbed him dead.
"The Bonnie Earl Moray" by Andrew Lang
Round Billy's curly yed,
Good fairies play;
Tentin'his little bed,
Till break o' day.
"Cradle Song" by Edwin Waugh

In news:

So the general feeling around the (front) office is less than cheerful over Al Jefferson's brush with the blogosphere over his huge 10- by 12-foot bed.
On the passenger side of the bed, the sheet of wrap was hung up and visually checked to ensure it was aligned properly.
A rear bed panel matches the cab lines and will protect right up to the big tires we'll be running (more on those next time).
The sturdy, queen-size Viator Down Quilt is lightweight but warm and comes with its own stuff sack, perfect for an extra layer for winter camping or for times when you're just not sure about that coverlet on your hotel bed.
Playing a heightened version of himself, the actor, 35, uses his days a WB heartthrob to bed a longtime fan.
While the Muslim world was burning, Mitt Romney was telling Kelly Ripa that he wears as little as possible to bed.
This Tribeca shop has custom-made bedspreads, pillows, and draperies as well as antique and custom beds.
'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub's home on the market, bidet , tanning bed and all.
Biofeedback may help children and adults who wet the bed at night, a small new study shows.
Imagine you're in a hospital bed, hooked up to a heart monitor and a ventilator.
A 200-bed community hospital in Brooklyn was temporarily closed yesterday after a man who exhibited symptoms similar to those of smallpox walked into its emergency room in midafternoon, the authorities said.
Most of the time when a woman is pregnant and goes into labor, she sits comfortably…for the most part…in a nice hospital bed.
The old saying "sleep tight - don't let the bed bugs bite" isn't a figure of speech anymore.
On any given day at the Oyster Bar at Grand Central, some 30 varieties of oysters — hailing from Long Island, Canada, Cape Cod, and as far away as New Zealand — are shucked and served on a bed of ice.
In November, two important items in my house exceeded expiration dates: my wobbly bed and my refrigerator.

In science:

The radius is obtained from the observational value of Tuthill et al. (1999) and the pulsation period is from Bedding & Zijlstra (1998).
HCN in the inner envelope of {chi} Cygni
Moreover, hard random instances are also test-bed for the optimization of heuristic (incomplete) search procedures which are widely used in practice.
Phase coexistence and finite-size scaling in random combinatorial problems
Steady states of this system have served as test beds for granular hydrodynamics and its violations.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
In fact, a similar instability has already been observed in particle simulations of a dilute two-dimensional granular bed fluidized by a rapidly vibrating bottom plate .
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
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