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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
bed /bɛd/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  bed•ded, bed•ding. 
  1. Furniture a piece of furniture on which one sleeps or rests:[countable]The hotel room had two double beds.
  2. the act of or time for sleeping:[uncountable]It's time for bed!
  3. an area of ground for growing plants:[countable]a flower bed.
  4. Geography the bottom of a body of water:[countable]the sea bed.
  5. [countable] an area on the bottom of a body of water that has a supply of plant or animal life: an oyster bed.

v. [+ object]
  1. to provide with or put to a bed:We bedded them for a week.
  1. Idiomsget up on the wrong side of the bed, to be cranky and fussy from the moment one awakes:He's mean today; he must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.
  2. Idiomsgo to bed, [no object]
    • to retire, esp. for the night:They're really tired, let them go to bed.
  3. Idioms go to bed with, [+ object] to have sexual relations with:He just wants to go to bed with you.
  4. Idioms in bed,
    • beneath the covers of a bed:still in bed at two in the afternoon.
    • having sexual intercourse:found him in bed with his secretary.
  5. Idioms make a bed, to fit a bed with sheets and blankets.

  • an abbreviation of: Bachelor of Education.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
    bed  (bed),USA pronunciation n., v.,  bed•ded, bed•ding. 
    1. Furniturea piece of furniture upon which or within which a person sleeps, rests, or stays when not well.
    2. Furniturethe mattress and bedclothes together with the bedstead of a bed.
    3. Furniturethe bedstead alone.
    4. the act of or time for sleeping:Now for a cup of cocoa and then bed.
    5. the use of a bed for the night;
      lodging:I reserved a bed at the old inn.
    6. the marital relationship.
    7. any resting place:making his bed under a tree.
    8. something resembling a bed in form or position.
    9. a piece or area of ground in a garden or lawn in which plants are grown.
    10. an area in a greenhouse in which plants are grown.
    11. the plants in such areas.
    12. the bottom of a lake, river, sea, or other body of water.
    13. a piece or part forming a foundation or base.
    14. Geologya layer of rock;
      a stratum.
    15. Civil Engineeringa foundation surface of earth or rock supporting a track, pavement, or the like:a gravel bed for the roadway.
    16. Building
      • the underside of a stone, brick, slate, tile, etc., laid in position.
      • Buildingthe upper side of a stone laid in position.
      • the layer of mortar in which a brick, stone, etc., is laid.
      • Buildingthe natural stratification of a stone:a stone laid on bed.
    17. Furnitureskirt (def. 6b).
    18. Printingthe flat surface in a printing press on which the form of type is laid.
    19. Transportthe body or, sometimes, the floor or bottom of a truck or trailer.
    20. Chemistrya compact mass of a substance functioning in a reaction as a catalyst or reactant.
    21. Sport
      • the canvas surface of a trampoline.
      • the smooth, wooden floor of a bowling alley.
      • the slate surface of a billiard table to which the cloth is fastened.
    22. Zoologyflesh enveloping the base of a claw, esp. the germinative layer beneath the claw.
    23. NauticalAlso called  mock, mock mold. [Shipbuilding.]a shaped steel pattern upon which furnaced plates for the hull of a vessel are hammered to shape.
    24. See  bed and board. 
    25. Idiomsget up on the wrong side of the bed, to be irritable or bad-tempered from the start of a day:Never try to reason with him when he's gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.
    26. Idiomsgo to bed: 
      • to retire, esp. for the night.
      • to engage in sexual relations.
    27. Idiomsgo to bed with, to have sexual intercourse with.
    28. Idiomsin bed: 
      • beneath the covers of a bed.
      • engaged in sexual intercourse.
    29. Idiomsjump or  get into bed with, to form a close, often temporary, alliance, usually with an unlikely ally:Industry was charged with jumping into bed with labor on the issue.
    30. Idiomsmake a bed, to fit a bed with sheets and blankets.
    31. Idiomsmake one's bed, to be responsible for one's own actions and their results:You've made your bed--now lie in it.
    32. put to bed: 
      • to help (a child, invalid, etc.) go to bed.
      • Printingto lock up (forms) in a press in preparation for printing.
      • Printingto work on the preparation of (an edition of a newspaper, periodical, etc.) up to the time of going to press.

    1. to provide with a bed.
    2. to put to bed.
    3. Botany[Hort.]to plant in or as in a bed.
    4. to lay flat.
    5. to place in a bed or layer:to bed oysters.
    6. to embed, as in a substance:bedding the flagstones in concrete.
    7. to take or accompany to bed for purposes of sexual intercourse.

    1. to have sleeping accommodations:He says we can bed there for the night.
    2. Geologyto form a compact layer or stratum.
    3. Metallurgy(of a metal structural part) to lie flat or close against another part.
    4. [Archaic.]to go to bed.
    5. bed down: 
      • to make a bed for (a person, animal, etc.).
      • to retire to bed:They put out the fire and decided to bed down for the night.
    bedless, adj. 
    bedlike′, adj. 
    • Gmc * badjan (neuter); akin to Latin fodere to dig, Old Church Slavonic bodǫ, Lithuanian bedù I pierce, Welsh bedd a grave; presumably a bed was dug out in the ground
    • bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English bedd; cognate with Old Frisian, Dutch bed, Old Saxon bed(de), Old High German betti (German Bett), Gothic badi
      • 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged band, belt, seam, lode.

  • Bachelor of Education.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    bed /bɛd/ n
    1. a piece of furniture on which to sleep
    2. the mattress and bedclothes on such a piece of furniture: an unmade bed
    3. sleep or rest: time for bed
    4. any place in which a person or animal sleeps or rests
    5. a unit of potential occupancy in a hospital or residential institution
    6. informal sexual intercourse
    7. a plot of ground in which plants are grown, esp when considered together with the plants in it
    8. the bottom of a river, lake, or sea
    9. a part of this used for cultivation of a plant or animal: oyster beds
    10. a layer of crushed rock, gravel, etc, used as a foundation for a road, railway, etc
    11. any underlying structure or part
    12. a layer of rock, esp sedimentary rock
    13. go to bed ⇒ (often followed by with) to have sexual intercourse (with)
    14. (of a newspaper, magazine, etc) to go to press; start printing
    15. in bed withinformal cooperating closely with (another person, organization, government, etc.) esp covertly
    16. put to bedto finalize work on (a newspaper, magazine, etc) so that it is ready to go to press
    17. take to one's bedto remain in bed, esp because of illness
    vb (beds, bedding, bedded)
    1. (usually followed by down) to go to or put into a place to sleep or rest
    2. (transitive) to have sexual intercourse with
    3. (transitive) to place, fix, or sink firmly into position; embed
    4. to form or be arranged in a distinct layer; stratify
    5. (transitive) often followed by out: to plant in a bed of soil
    Etymology: Old English bedd; related to Old Norse bethr, Old High German betti, Gothic badi

    BEd abbreviation for
    1. Bachelor of Education


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