Noun: bed bed
Verb: bed (bedded,bedding) 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"
- A plot of ground in which plants are growing
"the gardener planted a bed of roses"
- A depression forming the ground under a body of water
"he searched for treasure on the ocean bed";
- (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock)
"they found a bed of sandstone"
- A stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit
"he worked in the coal beds";
- Single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
"slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach";
- 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.
- A foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railway track
"the track bed had washed away"
- Furnish with a bed
"The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals"
- Place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
- Put to bed
"The children were bedded at ten o'clock"
- 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]
- 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