/bɛd / (say 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. Tasmania Obsolete a group of trees, usually of the same type, growing together: a bed of Huon pines.
10. the ground under a body of water: the bed of a river.
11. a piece or part forming a foundation or base.
12. 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.
13. a foundation surface of earth or rock supporting a track or pavement: a road bed.
14. the undersurface of a brick, shingle, slate, or tile in position.
15. either of the horizontal surfaces of a stone in position.
16. Printing the flat surface in a printing press on which the forme of type is laid.
17. Zoology flesh enveloping the base of a claw.
verb (t) (bedded, bedding)
18. Horticulture to plant in or as in a bed.
19. to lay flat, or in a bed or layer.
20. to embed, as in a substance.
21. to go to bed with (someone) for sexual intercourse.
22. a bed of roses, an extremely pleasant situation.
23. 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.
24. get out of bed on the wrong side or get up on the wrong side of the bed, Colloquial to be uncharacteristically bad-tempered.
25. put to bed,
a. to ensure (someone) goes to bed.
b. Printing to lock up (a publication) in formes in a press before printing.
c. to consign (a publication) to the printing process.
{Middle English; Old English bedd}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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