Bed - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bed|  American pronunciation of the word bed
Brit.  |bed|  British pronunciation of the word bed


- 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
- a plot of ground in which plants are growing
the gardener planted a bed of roses
- a depression forming the ground under a body of water (syn: bottom)
He searched for treasure on the ocean bed
- (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock)
they found a bed of sandstone
- a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit (syn: seam)
he worked in the coal beds
- single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance (syn: layer)
slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach
- 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.
- a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
the track bed had washed away


- furnish with a bed
The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals
- place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
- put to bed
The children were bedded at ten o'clock
- have sexual intercourse with (syn: bang, bonk, fuck, hump, jazz, know, love, make out, screw)
- prepare for sleep (syn: retire, turn in)
He goes to bed at the crack of dawn

Extra examples

The room contains only a bed and a dresser.

There are two beds in the hotel room.

He lay in bed all morning.

The blanket by the fireplace is the dog's bed.

Her bed was a mound of soft pine needles.

I'm planning on putting a bed of perennials in that corner of the yard.

He has fantasies about bedding a fashion model.

...the campers all bedded down for the night around 9:00 p.m....

The filter beds are large square beds of sand and gravel.

Ask him why he would neglect his vow, and bed another woman.

Simon lay in bed thinking.

She got into bed and turned out the light.

I was too tired to get out of bed.

You should go to bed early.

Have you made your bed, Penny?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bed
he/she/it: beds
present participle: bedding
past tense: bedded
past participle: bedded
singular: bed
plural: beds
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