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A bed (furniture)

English

Etymology

From Old English bedd, from Proto-Germanic *badjan (dug sleeping-place), from Proto-Indo-European *bhedh- (dig). Cognate with Dutch bed, German Bett; and (from Indo-European) with Greek βοθυρος ‘pit’, Latin fossa ‘ditch’, Latvian bedre ‘hole’, Welsh bedd, Breton bez ‘grave’; and probably also Russian бодать.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
bed

Plural
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  1. A piece of furniture, usually flat and soft, to sleep on.
  2. A prepared spot to spend the night in, as in camping bed.
  3. A garden plot, as in "bed of roses".
  4. The bottom of a lake or other body of water, as in "sea bed".
  5. An area where a large number of oysters, mussels, or other sessile shellfish is found.
  6. A flat surface or layer on which something else is to be placed, as a "bed of lettuce".
  7. A deposit of ore, coal etc.
  8. A shaped piece of timber to hold a cask clear of a ship’s floor.
  9. A piece of music, normally instrumental, over which a Radio DJ talks.

Usage notes

Sense 1. To prepare a bed is usually to make the bed.

Derived terms

Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to bed

Third person singular
bed

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
d

to bed (third-person singular simple present bed, present participle d, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. To go to a sleeping bed.
  2. To put oneself to sleep.
  3. To settle, as machinery.
  4. To set in a soft matrix, as paving stones in sand, or tiles in cement.
  5. To set out plants in a garden bed.
  6. (slang) To have sexual intercourse with.

Derived terms

Translations


Breton

Noun

bed m. (plural bedoù)

  1. world

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

bed n. (plural bedden, diminutive bedje)

  1. bed

Derived terms


Kurdish

Adjective

bed

  1. bad (not good)


This Kurdish entry was created from the translations listed at bad. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see bed in the Kurdish Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008


Swedish

Verb

bed

  1. Imperative of bedja.

Alternative spellings

be (everyday form)


Volapük

Noun

bed

  1. Bed.

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