Meaning of BED in English

BED

/ bed; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

FURNITURE

1.

[ C , U ] a piece of furniture for sleeping on :

a single / double bed

She lay on the bed (= on top of the covers) .

He lay in bed (= under the covers) .

I'm tired—I'm going to bed .

It's time for bed (= time to go to sleep) .

I'll just put the kids to bed .

He likes to have a mug of cocoa before bed (= before going to bed) .

to get into / out of bed

to make the bed (= arrange the covers in a tidy way)

Could you give me a bed for the night (= somewhere to sleep) ?

There's a shortage of hospital beds (= not enough room for patients to be admitted) .

He has been confined to bed with flu for the past couple of days.

—see also air bed , camp bed , sofa bed , twin bed , waterbed

OF RIVER / LAKE / SEA

2.

[ C ] the bottom of a river, the sea, etc. :

the ocean bed

oyster beds (= an area in the sea where there are many oysters )

FOR FLOWERS / VEGETABLES

3.

[ C ] an area of ground in a garden / yard or park for growing flowers, vegetables, etc. :

flower beds

—see also seedbed

BOTTOM LAYER

4.

[ C ] bed of sth a layer of sth that other things lie or rest on :

grilled chicken, served on a bed of rice

The blocks should be laid on a bed of concrete.

GEOLOGY

5.

[ C ] a layer of clay , rock, etc. in the ground

—see also bedrock

IDIOMS

- (not) a bed of roses

- get out of bed on the wrong side

- go to bed with sb

- in bed

- you've made your bed and you must lie in / on it

- take to your bed

—more at die verb , wet verb

■ verb ( -dd- ) [ vn ]

1.

bed sth (in sth) to fix sth firmly in sth :

The bricks were bedded in sand to improve drainage.

Make sure that you bed the roots firmly in the soil.

2.

( old-fashioned ) to have sex with sb

PHRASAL VERBS

- bed down

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English bed , bedd (noun), beddian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bed and German Bett .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.