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  Dictionary Definition of bed

1. a piece of furniture upon which or within which a person sleeps.
2. the mattress and bedclothes together with the bedstead.
3. the bedstead alone.
4. the use of a bed for the night; lodging.
5. a place for sexual relations: she took him to her bed.
6. any resting place.
7. something resembling a bed in form or position.
8. a piece of ground (in a garden) in which plants are grown.
9. the ground under a body of water: the bed of a river.
10. a piece or part forming a foundation or base.
11. Geology a sedimentary rock unit with essentially uniform composition, marked by a more or less well-defined divisional plane from its neighbours above and below.
12. a foundation surface of earth or rock supporting a track or pavement: a road bed.
13. the undersurface of a brick, shingle, slate, or tile in position.
14. either of the horizontal surfaces of a stone in position.
15. Printing the flat surface in a printing press on which the forme of type is laid.
16. Zoology flesh enveloping the base of a claw.
-- verb (t) ( bedded, bedding )
17. Horticulture to plant in or as in a bed.
18. to lay flat, or in a bed or layer.
19. to embed, as in a substance.
20. to go to bed with (someone) for sexual intercourse.
-- phrase
21. a bed of roses, an extremely pleasant situation.
22. bed down, a. to provide (someone) with a bed. b. to put (someone) to bed. c. to make a bed for (a horse, cattle, domestic animal, etc.) d. to go to bed: the country boys bed down in the straw beside the sleek bulls in their stalls. -- JOHN DOUGLAS PRINGLE, 1958.
23. put to bed, a. to ensure (someone) goes to bed. b. Letterpress Printing to lock up (a publication) in formes in a press before printing. c. to consign (a publication) to the printing process.
[ME; OE bedd, c. D bed, G Bett ]
-- bedlike, adjective
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