• WordNet 3.6
    • n hotbed a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants
    • n hotbed a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad) "it was a hotbed of vice"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hotbed (Gardening) A bed of earth heated by fermenting manure or other substances, and covered with glass, intended for raising early plants, or for nourishing exotics.
    • Hotbed A place which favors rapid growth or development; as, a hotbed of sedition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hotbed In horticulture, a bed of earth heated by fermenting substances, and covered with glass to defend it from the cold air, intended for raising early plants, or for protecting tender exotics.
    • n hotbed Figuratively, a seat of rapid growth or development, or of eager activity of some kind: generally in a bad sense: as, a hotbed of sedition.
    • n hotbed In rail-making, the bed on which the redhot rail taken from the rolls is placed to cool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Hotbed a glass-covered bed heated for bringing forward plants rapidly: any place favourable to rapid growth or development, as 'a hotbed of vice,' &c
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hát; Ger. heiss, Sw. het.


In literature:

In the hotbed of the literary influences of the time these conditions of his produced some remarkable fruit.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
It is a hotbed of heathen enthusiasm and of blinded devotion.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
These Jesuitical associations are hotbeds of treason and intrigue!
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
For three centuries Cuba has been the hotbed of African slavery.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
And the hair-dressing parlors are hotbeds of gossip.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
Beets may be easily forwarded in hotbeds.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
The forcing of asparagus in hotbeds does not differ materially from that in the greenhouse, except in the supply of heat.
"Asparagus, its culture for home use and for market:" by F. M. Hexamer
We put them on frames in a spent hotbed under glass, to keep flies off.
"The Apple" by Various
But you bet I'll smash Andy Steele's hotbed sashes every chance I get!
"An Old Chester Secret" by Margaret Deland
These coffee-house clubs soon became hotbeds of political scandal-mongering and intriguing, and in 1675 Charles II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
With that "hotbed of heresies," Holland, this book has little to do, dealing only with three centres of religious movement there.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
Massachusetts had become a hotbed of baseball, but the feeling had not grown so intense and so partisan as in New York.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
Thirty years before the intrepid Burton had penetrated to that hotbed of fanaticism, and had by a miracle come back alive.
"Guy in the Jungle" by William Murray Graydon
The construction of hotbeds and frames receives appropriate attention.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
Macedonia and Thrace were hotbeds of internal disorder.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Dongola now became a hotbed of spying and cross-spying.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
Some of our readers are familiar with what is commonly termed a hotbed.
"Nature's Miracles, Volume 1" by Elisha Gray
Hayti is the hotbed of voodoo worship.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
The hotbed frames and sashes were put away for future use, as it was too late to need them now.
"The Idyl of Twin Fires" by Walter Prichard Eaton
She was accustomed to the lavish greenhouses of her wealthy patrons, but here was something that delighted her more than all their hotbeds.
"Victor Ollnee's Discipline" by Hamlin Garland

In news:

Leslie Christoffel (center), interacts with Kara Henson at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild during a rehearsal of their upcoming play Hotbed Hotel on Tuesday evening.
Inside the Telluride Film Festival, Award Winning Flick Hotbed .
When you think of traditional lacrosse hotbeds, the usual suspects are grouped together in the mid-Atlantic region.
Android apps hotbed for malware, report finds.
New Hotbed for Hiring Discrimination Claims.
Hotbed of Civil War history.
Unfortunately, the Super Bowl is also a hotbed for people who traffic sex with underage women, according to MSNBC.
1916 Seattle was a hotbed of sin when 2 officers were killed.
The New Hotbed for Health IT Innovation.
The next hotbed of venture capital and private equity.
Gwinnett becoming hotbed for linemen.
Marijuana Hotbed Retreats on Medicinal Use.
" Hotbed Hotel," a farce by British playwright Michael Parker, is the current production of the Port Tobacco Players.
PXI-5152 scope a design hotbed .
Hotbed of Hipness in Old Neighborhood.

In science:

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