mattress

Definitions

  • William and Dorita climbing the mountain of mattresses
    William and Dorita climbing the mountain of mattresses
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mattress a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight" came from.
    • Mattress A large pad stuffed with hair, moss, or other suitable soft material, and quilted or otherwise fastened, used as or in a bed, to support the human body while lying down.
    • Mattress (Hydraulic Engin) A mass of interwoven brush, poles, etc., to protect a bank from being worn away by currents or waves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope.
    • n mattress A bed consisting of a bag filled with straw, hair, moss, sponge, husks, excelsior, or other soft and elastic material, and usually quilted or tacked with transverse cords at short intervals to prevent the contents from slipping.
    • n mattress In hydraulic engineering, a mat or mass of brushwood, willow rods, light poles, or other like material, roughly woven or tied together and used to form foundations for dikes and jetties, or as aprons, fencing, curtains, or surfacing for dikes, dams, embankments, and similar constructions, either for assisting to hold together loose material or to prevent injury by the erosion of water.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mattress mat′res a bed made of a bag stuffed with wool, horse-hair, &c.: a mass of brushwood, &c., used to form a foundation for roads, &c., or for the walls of embankments, &c
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Quotations

  • Fred A. Allen
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    “He dreamed he was eating shredded wheat and woke up to find the mattress half gone.”
  • Welsh Proverb
    Welsh Proverb
    “Three things give us hardy strength: sleeping on hairy mattresses, breathing cold air, and eating dry food.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The largest barrier to success is removing the mattress from one's back in the morning.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. materas, F. matelas, LL. matratium,; cf. Sp. & Pg. almadraque, Pr. almatrac,; all from Ar. maṭrah, a place where anything is thrown, what is thrown under something, fr. ṭaraha, to throw
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. materas (Fr. matelas)—Ar. matrah, a place where anything is thrown.

Usage

In literature:

Mattresses made of wool, or of wool and horsehair, are much better.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
He put the threads in his mouth, set fire to his mattress, and laid down calmly upon it.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
We tightened the cords to the mattress, however, and lay down for the night.
"Kari the Elephant" by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
I then wished him a good night, and threw myself on my mattress.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
The mattress should be turned, and fresh bed-linen placed on the bed.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
Mingling with the apparel were blankets, quilts, mattresses, pillows and babies.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
At present, my seat is a mattress, and my knee my desk; and that is about the only one I have had since the 2d of August.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
A hasty examination disclosed two blankets and a sheet, and under those the mattress.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Tell him to put a mattress and spring on it.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Get a mattress and sleep there yourself, and lie close all day to-morrow.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Oh, jolly, it's a spring mattress; we can give him a great bounce if we jump on together.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
How did you ever get a mattress out, all alone?
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
The patient's bed should be narrow, and a mattress is much to be preferred to a feather bed.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
My first job away from home was in a mattress factory.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
Boys, bring up all the mattresses from the cabins, and a coil of rope!
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
The Countess de Fiesque sent me a coach, and a mattress, and a little linen.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Half you men retire and carry mattresses and blankets till you are ordered to cease.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
Straw and feather mattress.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
He fell on a mattress and was not in the least hurt.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Then draw the bedclothes from beneath the mattress, raising the mattress meanwhile with one hand to prevent jarring the bed.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
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In poetry:

Does he wear a turban, a fez, or a hat?
Does he sleep on a mattress, a bed, or a mat,
or COT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
Of their mattress-life oblivious,
All the patients, brisk and cheerful,
Are encouraging the dancer,
And applauding the musician.
"Interlude" by William Ernest Henley
From straw mattresses' sick wretchedness
To the fresh air of wide open spaces!
It's my brother and hand. It's addressed
Like a letter, to you, crisp and bracing.
"Do not fret, do not cry, do not tax..." by Boris Pasternak
Mud-mattressed under the sign of the hag
In a clench of blood, the sleep-talking virgin
Gibbets with her curse the moon's man,
Faggot-bearing Jack in his crackless egg :
"Maudlin" by Sylvia Plath
Twice a week at noon during their lunch hour
they puase by your door to peer into your world.
They speak sadly as if the wine they carry would sour
or as if the mattress would not keep them curled
"Doors, Doors, Doors" by Anne Sexton
Death lies in our beds : in the lazy mattresses, the black blankets,
lives a full stretch and then suddenly blows,
blows sound unknown filling out the sheets
and there are beds sailing into a harbour where death is waiting, dressed as an admiral.
"Death Alone" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

Shop Double Mattress at Macy's.
Truckloads of solid waste consisting of construction and demolition debris, mattresses, pipes, toilet fixtures and other debris had been dumped on the property on Yellow Bank Road in Dunkirk.
Truckloads of solid waste including mattresses and toilet fixtures were then dumped along with soil on a steep slope leading to a Patuxent River tributary.
Three mattresses were leaning against the building next to the dumpster , he said.
Syracuse mattress shop owner says Buerkle's office among rash of burglaries along Erie Boulevard East.
This photo shows damage to the garage door of Syracuse Mattress caused by a burglar last weekend.
' Feminist ' exhibition opens at Mattress Factory.
An example of those not accepted includes clothing, mattresses and box springs and scrap lumber.
Furniture & Mattress Gallery .
The crowd at the Mattress Factory.
Shifman, a leading manufacturer of luxury, handmade mattresses announced that it has hired a new general manager to its team.
He probably has a few under his mattress.
"Parents get snookered in this one," she said of the pursuit of green mattresses.
Besides Chipotle Mexican Grille , the new construction will house Aspen Dental and Mattress Firm.
Witnesses say the mattress fell 30 stories from a nearby roof and landed on his head.
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In science:

It is based on a loose analogy with the “memory foam”, used in orthopedic mattresses, that takes the shape of the body pressed against it, but slowly returns to its original shape after the pressure is removed.
"Memory foam" approach to unsupervised learning
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