A piece of furniture, usually flat and soft, for resting or sleeping on.
# A prepared spot to spend the night in.
# (lb) One's place of sleep or rest.
# Sleep; rest; getting to sleep.
# The time for going to sleep or resting in bed; bedtime.
# (lb) Time spent in a bed.
# (lb) Marriage.
# Sexual activity.
- George, the eldest son of his second bed .
A place, or flat surface or layer, on which something else rests or is laid.
# The bottom of a lake or other body of water.
# An area where a large number of oysters, mussels, or other sessile shellfish is found.
# A garden plot.
# A foundation or supporting surface formed of a fluid.
- Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
# The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
# The platform of a truck, trailer, railcar, or other vehicle that supports the load to be hauled.
# A shaped piece of timber to hold a cask clear of a ship’s floor; a pallet.
# The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.
# A piece of music, normally instrumental, over which a radio DJ talks.
# (lb) Any of the sections of a dartboard with a point value, delimited by a wire.
(lb) A layer or surface.
# A deposit of ore, coal, etc.
# (lb) the smallest division of a geologic formation or stratigraphic rock series marked by well-defined divisional planes (bedding planes) separating it from layers above and below.
# (lb) The horizontal surface of a building stone.
# (lb) The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.
# (lb) A course of stone or brick in a wall.
Sense 1. To prepare a bed is usually to "make" the bed , or (qualifier) to "spread" the bed, the verb spread probably having been developed from bedspread.
Like many nouns denoting places where people spend time, (term) requires no article after certain prepositions: hence , and so on. The forms (term), etc. do exist, but tend to imply mere presence in the bed, without it being for the purpose of sleep.
* air bed/airbed
* alveolar bed
* apple-pie bed
* bed and breakfast
* bed blocker
* bed check
* bed cover
* bed ground
* bed hair
* bed head
* bed jacket
* bed linen
* bed load
* bed of justice
* bed of pelts
* bed of roses
* bed push
* bed sheet, bedsheet
* bed-sitter, bedsitter
* bed tea
* bed trick
* breakfast in bed
* bunk bed
* camp bed
* canopy bed
* capillary bed
* coal bed
* creek bed
* day bed
* death bed/deathbed
* divan bed
* double bed
* feather bed/featherbed
* filter bed
* flower bed, flowerbed
* four-poster bed
* French bed
* gatch bed
* get up on the wrong side of the bed
* go to bed
* go to bed with
* Hollywood bed
* hospital bed
* hot bed/hotbed
* in bed
* key bed
* make one's bed and lie in it
* make the bed
* marker bed
* Murphy bed
* nail bed/nailbed
* orthopedic bed
* out of bed
* oyster bed
* pencil-post bed
* pig bed
* pissy bed
* plank bed
* platform bed (see platform)
* procrustean bed
* put to bed
* red under the bed
* river bed
* roller bed
* sea bed
* shit the bed
* single bed
* sleigh bed
* sofa bed/sofa-bed
* take to one's bed
* tanning bed
* test bed
* truckle bed
* trundle bed
* twin bed
* wake up on the wrong side of the bed
* water bed, waterbed
* wet the bed
* you make the bed you lie in
Senses relating to a bed as a place for resting or sleeping.
# To go to a bed. (rfex)
# To place in a bed.
# To put oneself to sleep. (rfex)
# To furnish with a bed or bedding.
# (slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
Senses relating to a bed as a place or layer on which something else rests or is laid.
# To lay or put in any hollow place, or place of rest and security, surrounded or enclosed; to embed.
- (Francis Bacon)
# To set in a soft matrix, as paving stones in sand, or tiles in cement.
# To set out (plants) in a garden bed.
# To dress or prepare the surface of (stone) so it can serve as a bed.
# To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position.
- Among all chains or clusters of mountains where large bodies of still water are bedded .
# To settle, as machinery.
- bedded hair
* bed down
To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
- If you bend the pipe too far, it will break.
To become curved.
- Don’t bend your knees.
To cause to change direction.
- Look at the trees bending in the wind.
- Bend thine ear to supplication.
* Sir Walter Scott
- Towards Coventry bend we our course.
To change direction.
- bending her eyes upon her parent
To be inclined; to direct itself.
- The road bends to the right
- to whom our vows and wishes bend
To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
- He bent down to pick up the pieces.
To force to submit.
- Each to his great Father bends .
- They bent me to their will.
- except she bend her humour
To apply to a task or purpose.
- I am bending to my desire to eat junk food.
- He bent the company's resources to gaining market share.
* Alexander Pope
- to bend his mind to any public business
To apply oneself to a task or purpose.
- when to mischief mortals bend their will
To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.
(nautical) To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
- He bent to the goal of gaining market share.
(music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
- Bend the sail to the yard.
(nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
- You should bend the G slightly sharp in the next measure.
* bend down
* bend over
* bend over backwards
* bend somebody's ear
* on bended knee
* bend one's elbow
* bend out of shape
* bend the truth
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(nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
(heraldiccharge) One of the honourable ordinaries formed by two diagonal lines drawn from the dexter chief to the sinister base; it generally occupies a fifth part of the shield if uncharged, but if charged one third.
(obsolete) Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.
In the leather trade, the best quality of sole leather; a butt.
(mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.
(nautical, in the plural) The thickest and strongest planks in a ship's sides, more generally called wales, which have the beams, knees, and futtocks bolted to them.
(nautical, in the plural) The frames or ribs that form the ship's body from the keel to the top of the sides.
- Farewell, poor swain; thou art not for my bend .
- the midship bends
* around the bend
* bend sinister
* drive somebody round the bend
* in bend
* sheet bend
* string bend