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[n] a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep; "he sat on the edge of the bed"; "the room had only a bed and chair"
[n] a plot of ground in which plants are growing; "the gardener planted a bed of roses"
[n] a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track; "the track bed had washed away"
[n] a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit; "he worked in the coal beds"
[n] a depression forming the ground under a body of water; "he searched for treasure on the ocean bed"
[n] (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock); "they found a bed of standstone"
[v] have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve" (know is archaic); "Were you ever intimate with this man?"
[v] put to bed; "The children were bedded at ten o'clock"
[v] furnish with a bed; "The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals"

Misc. Definitions

\Bed\, n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde, Icel. be?r, Dan. bed, Sw. b["a]dd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti, G. bett, bette, bed, beet a plat of ground; all of uncertain origin.]
1. 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. And made for him [a horse] a leafy bed. --Byron. I wash, wring, brew, bake, . . . make the beds. --Shak. In bed he slept not for my urging it. --Shak.
2. (Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage. George, the eldest son of his second bed. --Clarendon.
3. A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a little raised above the adjoining ground. ``Beds of hyacinth and roses.'' --Milton.
4. A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a bed of ashes or coals.
5. The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as, the bed of a river. So sinks the daystar in the ocean bed. --Milton.
6. (Geol.) A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between layers; as, a bed of coal, iron, etc.
7. (Gun.) See {Gun carriage}, and {Mortar bed}.
8. (Masonry) (a) The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the upper and lower beds. (b) A course of stone or brick in a wall. (c) The place or material in which a block or brick is laid. (d) The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile. --Knight.
9. (Mech.) The foundation or the more solid and fixed part or framing of a machine; or a part on which something is laid or supported; as, the bed of an engine.
10. The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad. 1
1. (Printing) The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid. Note: Bed is much used adjectively or in combination; as, bed key or bedkey; bed wrench or bedwrench; bedchamber; bedmaker, etc. {Bed of justice} (French Hist.), the throne (F. lit bed) occupied by the king when sitting in one of his parliaments (judicial courts); hence, a session of a refractory parliament, at which the king was present for the purpose of causing his decrees to be registered. {To be brought to bed}, to be delivered of a child; -- often followed by of; as, to be brought to bed of a son. {To make a bed}, to prepare a bed; to arrange or put in order a bed and its bedding. {From bed and board} (Law), a phrase applied to a separation by partial divorce of man and wife, without dissolving the bonds of matrimony. If such a divorce (now commonly called a judicial separation) be granted at the instance of the wife, she may have alimony.
\Bed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bedded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bedding}.]
1. To place in a bed. [Obs.] --Bacon.
2. To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with. I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. --Shak.
3. To furnish with a bed or bedding.
4. 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.
5. 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. Among all chains or clusters of mountains where large bodies of still water are bedded. --Wordsworth.
6. (Masonry) To dress or prepare the surface of stone) so as to serve as a bed.
7. To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position. ``Bedded hair.'' --Shak.
\Bed\, v. i. To go to bed; to cohabit. If he be married, and bed with his wife. --Wiseman.

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