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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bed  \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. 
 
  11.  (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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bed  \Bed\,  v.  i. 
  To  go  to  bed;  to  cohabit. 
 
  If  he  be  married,  and  bed  with  his  wife.  --Wiseman. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bed  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bed 
  n  1:  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" 
  2:  a  plot  of  ground  in  which  plants  are  growing;  "the  gardener 
  planted  a  bed  of  roses" 
  3:  a  depression  forming  the  ground  under  a  body  of  water;  "he 
  searched  for  treasure  on  the  ocean  bed"  [syn:  {bottom}] 
  4:  (geology)  a  stratum  of  rock  (especially  sedimentary  rock); 
  "they  found  a  bed  of  standstone" 
  5:  a  stratum  of  ore  or  coal  thick  enough  to  be  mined  with 
  profit;  "he  worked  in  the  coal  beds"  [syn:  {seam}] 
  6:  a  foundation  of  earth  or  rock  supporting  a  road  or  railroad 
  track;  "the  track  bed  had  washed  away" 
  v  1:  furnish  with  a  bed;  "The  inn  keeper  could  bed  all  the  new 
  arrivals" 
  2:  put  to  bed;  "The  children  were  bedded  at  ten  o'clock" 
  3:  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?"  [syn:  {love},  {make 
  out},  {make  love},  {sleep  with},  {get  laid},  {have  sex},  {know}, 
  {do  it},  {be  intimate},  {have  intercourse},  {have  it  away}, 
  {have  it  off},  {screw},  {fuck},  {jazz},  {eff},  {hump},  {lie 
  with},  {have  a  go  at  it},  {bang},  {get  it  on},  {bonk}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bed 
  (Heb.  mittah),  for  rest  at  night  (Ex.  8:3;  1  Sam.  19:13,  15,  16, 
  etc.);  during  sickness  (Gen.  47:31;  48:2;  49:33,  etc.);  as  a 
  sofa  for  rest  (1  Sam.  28:23;  Amos  3:12).  Another  Hebrew  word 
  (er'es)  so  rendered  denotes  a  canopied  bed,  or  a  bed  with 
  curtains  (Deut.  3:11;  Ps  132:3),  for  sickness  (Ps.  6:6;  41:3). 
 
  In  the  New  Testament  it  denotes  sometimes  a  litter  with  a 
  coverlet  (Matt.  9:2,  6;  Luke  5:18;  Acts  5:15). 
 
  The  Jewish  bedstead  was  frequently  merely  the  divan  or 
  platform  along  the  sides  of  the  house,  sometimes  a  very  slight 
  portable  frame,  sometimes  only  a  mat  or  one  or  more  quilts.  The 
  only  material  for  bed-clothes  is  mentioned  in  1  Sam.  19:13. 
  Sleeping  in  the  open  air  was  not  uncommon,  the  sleeper  wrapping 
  himself  in  his  outer  garment  (Ex.  22:26,27;  Deut.  24:12,13). 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
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