- An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or on; a
couch. Specifically: A sack or mattress, filled with some soft
material, in distinction from the bedstead on which it is placed (as, a
feather bed), or this with the bedclothes added. In a general sense,
any thing or place used for sleeping or reclining on or in, as a
quantity of hay, straw, leaves, or twigs.
- (Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage.
- A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a little
raised above the adjoining ground.
- A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a bed of
ashes or coals.
- The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as, the
bed of a river.
- A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between layers; as, a
bed of coal, iron, etc.
- See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
- The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the upper and
- A course of stone or brick in a wall.
- The place or material in - To go to bed; to cohabit. - To place in a bed.
- To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with.
- To furnish with a bed or bedding.
- To plant or arrange in beds; to set, or cover, as in a bed
of soft earth; as, to bed the roots of a plant in mold.
- To lay or put in any hollow place, or place of rest and
security, surrounded or inclosed; to embed; to furnish with or place
upon a bed or foundation; as, to bed a stone; it was bedded on a rock.
- To dress or prepare the surface of stone) so as to serve as
- To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or