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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

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. - Benjamin Franklin
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Benjamin Franklin

You cry and you scream and you stomp your feet and you shout. You say, 'You know what? I'm giving up, I don't care.' And then you go to bed and you wake up and it's a brand new day, and you pick yourself back up again.
Nicole Scherzinger

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
J. B. Priestley

Before I get out of bed, I am saying thank you. I know how important it is to be thankful.
Al Jarreau

My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day, with my blankie, my cat, and my dog.
Anne Lamott
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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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