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Noun: bed  bed
  1. 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"
     
  2. A plot of ground in which plants are growing
    "the gardener planted a bed of roses"
     
  3. A depression forming the ground under a body of water
    "he searched for treasure on the ocean bed";
    - bottom
     
  4. (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock)
    "they found a bed of sandstone"
     
  5. A stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit
    "he worked in the coal beds";
    - seam
     
  6. Single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
    "slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach";
    - layer
     
  7. The flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper, magazine or book etc.
     
  8. A foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railway track
    "the track bed had washed away"
Verb: bed (bedded,bedding)  bed
  1. Furnish with a bed
    "The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals"
     
  2. Place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
     
  3. Put to bed
    "The children were bedded at ten o'clock"
     
  4. Have sexual intercourse
    - sleep together, love, make out, make love, sleep with, have sex, know [archaic], do it, be intimate, have intercourse, lie with [archaic], have a go at it, get it on, make whoopee, nail [N. Amer]
     
  5. Prepare for sleep
    "He goes to bed at the crack of dawn";
    - go to bed, turn in, crawl in, kip down, hit the hay, hit the sack, sack out, go to sleep, retire

Derived forms: bedding, beds, bedded

Type of: artefact [Brit], artifact [N. Amer], base, bedroom furniture, copulate, couple, depression, foot, foundation, fundament, furnish, groundwork, lay, mate, natural depression, paddock [Austral, NZ], pair, patch, place, plant, plot, plot of ground, plot of land, pose, position, provide, put, render, set, stratum, substructure, supply, surface, understructure

Part of: bedchamber, bedroom, chamber, laminate, press, printing press, sleeping accommodation, sleeping room

Encyclopedia: Bed, Bath and Be Gone