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Bed - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Bed' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Bed [ n.]
- 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.
- (Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage.
- A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a little raised above the adjoining ground.
- A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a bed of ashes or coals.
- The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as, the bed of a river.
- A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between layers; as, a bed of coal, iron, etc.
- See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
- The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the upper and lower beds.
- A course of stone or brick in a wall.
- The place or material in which a block or brick is laid.
- The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.
- 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.
- The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
- The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.
2 . Bed [ v. i.]
- To go to bed; to cohabit.
3 . Bed [ v. t.]
- To place in a bed.
- To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with.
- To furnish with a bed or bedding.
- 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.
- 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.
- To dress or prepare the surface of stone) so as to serve as a bed.
- To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position.

Meaning of 'Bed' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . bed [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
Example in sentence:
  • he sat on the edge of the bed;
  • the room had only a bed and chair
Meaning (2):
- a depression forming the ground under a body of water
Example in sentence:
  • he searched for treasure on the ocean bed
Meaning (3):
- a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit
Example in sentence:
  • he worked in the coal beds
Meaning (4):
- single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
Example in sentence:
  • slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach
Meaning (5):
- a plot of ground in which plants are growing
Example in sentence:
  • the gardener planted a bed of roses
Meaning (6):
- a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
Example in sentence:
  • the track bed had washed away
Meaning (7):
- (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock)
Example in sentence:
  • they found a bed of sandstone
8 . bed [ v]
Meaning (8):
- have sexual intercourse with
Example in sentence:
  • Adam knew Eve;
  • This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm;
  • Were you ever intimate with this man?
Meaning (9):
- prepare for sleep
Example in sentence:
  • He goes to bed at the crack of dawn;
  • I usually turn in at midnight
Meaning (10):
- put to bed
Example in sentence:
  • The children were bedded at ten o'clock
Meaning (11):
- furnish with a bed
Example in sentence:
  • The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals