Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
    the room had only a bed and chair
  2. (noun, artifact) a plot of ground in which plants are growing
  3. (noun, object) a depression forming the ground under a body of water
  4. (noun, object) (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock)
  5. (noun, location) a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit
  6. (noun, artifact) single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
  7. (noun, artifact) 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.
  8. (noun, artifact) a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track
  9. (verb, possession) furnish with a bed
  10. (verb, contact) place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
  11. (verb, contact) put to bed
  12. (verb, contact) have sexual intercourse with
    Adam knew Eve
    Were you ever intimate with this man?
  13. (verb, body) prepare for sleep
    He goes to bed at the crack of dawn

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Bed

  1. O.E. bedd "bed, couch, resting place, garden plot," from P.Gmc. *badjam "sleeping place dug in the ground" (cf. M.Du. bedde, O.N. be?r, O.H.G. betti, Ger. bett, Goth. badi), from PIE base *bhedh- "to dig, pierce" (cf. Hittite beda- "to pierce, prick," Gk. bothyros "pit," L. fossa "ditch," Lith. bedr… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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