/ bed; NAmE / noun , verb
[ 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
[ 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
[ C ] an area of ground in a garden / yard or park for growing flowers, vegetables, etc. :
—see also seedbed
[ 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.
[ C ] a layer of clay , rock, etc. in the ground
—see also bedrock
- (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 ]
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.
( old-fashioned ) to have sex with sb
- bed down
Old English bed , bedd (noun), beddian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bed and German Bett .