Definitions of bed

  1. To cohabit; to use the same bed. Bed of justice, a formal session of the French Parlement, under the presidency of the king, for the compulsory registration of the royal edicts. To bring to bed, or to put to bed, to deliver of a child. To be brought to bed, to be delivered of a child. From bed and board, the separation of husband and wife.
  2. To put to bed; plant in a bed; sleep.
  3. To place in a bed.
  4. To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with.
  5. To furnish with a bed or bedding.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To dress or prepare the surface of stone) so as to serve as a bed.
  9. To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position.
  10. To furnish with a bed; plant, as flowers; lay in a layer; lay flat, or in order.
  11. To place in bed: to sow or plant: to lay in layers:- pr. p. bedding; pa. p. bedded.
  12. To put in a bed; lay in layers; lay down.
  13. To go to bed; to cohabit.
  14. To go to bed.
  15. put to bed; " The children were bedded at ten o'clock"
  16. go to bed in order to sleep; " I usually turn in at midnight"; " He turns out at the crack of dawn"
  17. To place in bed; to plant in beds; to lay in bed; to lay in a stratum; to lay in order, or flat.
  18. To lie; to sleep; to sow.
  19. Bedding.
  20. a plot of ground in which plants are growing; " the gardener planted a bed of roses"
  21. a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track; " the track bed had washed away"
  22. ( geology) a stratum of rock ( especially sedimentary rock); " they found a bed of standstone"
  23. the flat surface of a printing press on which the form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.
  24. place ( plants) in a prepared bed of soil
  25. 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.
  26. ( Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage.
  27. A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a little raised above the adjoining ground.
  28. A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a bed of ashes or coals.
  29. The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as, the bed of a river.
  30. A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between layers; as, a bed of coal, iron, etc.
  31. See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
  32. The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the upper and lower beds.
  33. A course of stone or brick in a wall.
  34. The place or material in which a block or brick is laid.
  35. The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.
  36. 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.
  37. The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
  38. The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.
  39. An article of furniture upon which one rests or sleeps; anything which serves as a resting- place, or in which something lies or is imbedded; a portion of a garden prepared and set apart for plants; the bottom of a river or any body of water; a layer of rock.
  40. A couch or place to sleep on: a plot in a garden: a place in which anything rests: the channel of a river: ( geol.) a layer or stratum.
  42. A place to sleep on; place on which anything rests; layer; space allotted to plants.
  43. Something for sleeping in or on; a couch.
  44. A place for plants; a layer; stratum; foundation or support.
  45. An article of furniture to sleep and rest on; marriage; a division or plot of ground in a garden; the channel of a river; that on which anything lies or is embedded; a layer or a stratum; the horizontal surfaces of stones in position.
  46. Something on which to sleep; a couch; the bottom or channel of a river; a plot of ground in a garden; a layer; in geol., a stratum of considerable thickness.
  47. Bedded.