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Definition of Bed


  1. 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.
  2. (Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage.
  3. A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a little raised above the adjoining ground.
  4. A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a bed of ashes or coals.
  5. The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as, the bed of a river.
  6. A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between layers; as, a bed of coal, iron, etc.
  7. See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
  8. The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the upper and lower beds.
  9. A course of stone or brick in a wall.
  10. The place or material in which a block or brick is laid.
  11. The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.
  12. 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.
  13. The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
  14. The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.
  15. To place in a bed.
  16. To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with.
  17. To furnish with a bed or bedding.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. To dress or prepare the surface of stone) so as to serve as a bed.
  21. To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position.
  22. To go to bed; to cohabit.

Bed Quotations

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
Eleanor Roosevelt

I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
Muhammad Ali

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
Zig Ziglar

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me.
Steve Jobs
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Bed Translations

bed in Afrikaans is bed
bed in Danish is bed, seng
bed in Dutch is perk, bed, tuinbed, bloemperk
bed in Finnish is vuode
bed in French is planche, pucier, lit, plate-forme
bed in German is betten, setzen, Bett, Bett, Beet
bed in Italian is letto
bed in Latin is lectus, cubile
bed in Norwegian is seng, seng
bed in Portuguese is cama

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