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(1)   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"
(2)   A plot of ground in which plants are growing
"The gardener planted a bed of roses"
(3)   A foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
"The track bed had washed away"
(4)   The flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.
(5)   Single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
"Slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach"
(6)   A stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit
"He worked in the coal beds"
(7)   A depression forming the ground under a body of water
"He searched for treasure on the ocean bed"
(8)   (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock)
"They found a bed of sandstone"


(9)   Prepare for sleep
"I usually turn in at midnight"
"He goes to bed at the crack of dawn"
(10)   Have sexual intercourse with
"This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"
"Adam knew Eve"
"Were you ever intimate with this man?"
(11)   Put to bed
"The children were bedded at ten o'clock"
(12)   Place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
(13)   Furnish with a bed
"The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals"


From bedd, from , from . Cognate with Dutch bed, German Bett; and (from Indo-European) with Greek βοθυρος ‘pit’, Latin fossa ‘ditch’, Latvian bedre ‘hole’, Welsh bedd, Breton bez ‘grave’; and probably also Russian бодать.


  1. A piece of furniture, usually flat and soft, to sleep on.
    My cat often sleeps on my bed.
    I keep a glass of water next to my bed when I sleep.
  2. One's bed, or a bed as a general place or concept.
    Go to bed!
    He's been afraid of bed since he saw the scary film.
    I had breakfast in bed this morning.
  3. A prepared spot to spend the night in, as in camping bed.
    He made a bed to sleep in for the night from hay and a blanket.
  4. A garden plot, as in "bed of roses".
    We added a new rosebush to our rose bed.
  5. The bottom of a lake or other body of water, as in "sea bed".
    There's a lot of trash on the bed of the river.
  6. An area where a large number of oysters, mussels, or other sessile shellfish is found.
    Oysters are farmed from their beds.
  7. A flat surface or layer on which something else is to be placed.
    The meats and cheeses lay on a bed of lettuce.
  8. A foundation or supporting surface formed of a fluid.
    A bed of concrete makes a strong subsurface for an asphalt parking lot.
  9. The platform of a truck, trailer, railcar, or other vehicle that supports the load to be hauled.
    The parcels were thrown onto the truck bed before transportation.
  10. A deposit of ore, coal etc.
  11. A shaped piece of timber to hold a cask clear of a ship’s floor; a pallet.
  12. A piece of music, normally instrumental, over which a Radio DJ talks.

Usage notes

Sense 1. To prepare a bed is usually to "make" the bed, or to "spread" the bed, the verb spread probably having been developed from bedspread.


  1. To go to a sleeping bed.
  2. To put oneself to sleep.
  3. To settle, as machinery.
  4. To set in a soft matrix, as paving stones in sand, or tiles in cement.
  5. To set out plants in a garden bed.
  6. To have sexual intercourse with.