Meaning of BED in English

I. ˈbed noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bedd; akin to Old High German betti bed, Latin fodere to dig

Date: before 12th century


a. : a piece of furniture on or in which to lie and sleep


(1) : a place of sex relations

(2) : marital relationship

(3) : close association : cahoots

a legislator in bed with lobbyists

c. : a place for sleeping

d. : sleep ; also : a time for sleeping

took a walk before bed


(1) : a mattress filled with soft material

(2) : bedstead

f. : the equipment and services needed to care for one hospitalized patient or hotel guest

2. : a flat or level surface: as

a. : a plot of ground prepared for plants ; also : the plants grown in such a plot

b. : the bottom of a body of water ; especially : an area of sea bottom supporting a heavy growth of a particular organism

an oyster bed

3. : a supporting surface or structure : foundation

4. : layer , stratum


a. : the place or material in which a block or brick is laid

b. : the lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile

6. : a mass or heap resembling a bed

a bed of ashes

served on a bed of lettuce

- in bed

II. verb

( bed·ded ; bed·ding )

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb


a. : to find or make sleeping accommodations — usually used with down

a place to bed down

b. : to go to bed — usually used with down

bed down at midnight

2. : to form a layer

3. : to lie flat or flush

transitive verb


a. : to furnish with a bed or bedding : settle in sleeping quarters — often used with down

b. : to put, take, or send to bed


a. : embed

b. : to plant or arrange in beds

c. : base , establish


a. : to lay flat or in a layer

b. : to make a bed in or of

4. : to have sexual intercourse with

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.