Your bed is the piece of furniture you sleep on at night. One of a babysitter's most important tasks is telling kids when it's time to get into their beds.

The bed you get into at bedtime is different from the garden bed you dig each spring, preparing to plant seeds. Another kind of bed is the one made of straw or hay that's tucked inside a barn and intended for animals to sleep on. A truck also has a bed — the open rear part you can fill with goods. To bed, or "bed down," is to put someone to bed or climb into bed yourself.

Primary Meanings of bed

a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
furnish with a bed
a depression forming the ground under a body of water
place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
Full Definitions of bed

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”
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berth, built in bed, bunk
a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers
built-in bed
a bed that is built in and fixed to a wall
a rough bed (as at a campsite)
bunk, bunk bed
beds built one above the other
camp bed, cot
a small bed that folds up for storage or transport
a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment
the bed on which a person dies
double bed
a bed wide enough to accommodate two sleepers
a bed with posts at the four corners that can be used to support a canopy or curtains
hammock, sack
a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swings easily
marriage bed
the bed shared by a newly wed couple
Murphy bed
a bed that can be folded or swung into a cabinet when not being used
a bed of boards (without a mattress)
platform bed
a bed without springs
the bed on which a sick person lies
single bed
a bed for one occupant
sleigh bed
a bed with solid headboard and footboard that roll outward at the top
truckle, truckle bed, trundle, trundle bed
a low bed to be slid under a higher bed
twin bed
one of a pair of identical beds
water bed
a bed with a mattress made of strong plastic that is filled with water
hospital bed
a single bed with a frame in three sections so the head or middle or foot can be raised as required
lower, lower berth
the lower of two berths
upper, upper berth
the higher of two berths
Type of:
bedroom furniture
furniture intended for use in a bedroom

v furnish with a bed

“The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals”
provide with a bunk
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v put to bed

“The children were bedded at ten o'clock”
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v prepare for sleep

“He goes to bed at the crack of dawn”
crawl in, go to bed, go to sleep, hit the hay, hit the sack, kip down, retire, sack out, turn in
arise, get up, rise, turn out, uprise
get up and out of bed
bed down, bunk down
go to bed
crash, doss, doss down
sleep in a convenient place

v have sexual intercourse with

have intercourse, have sex, love, roll in the hay
make out, neck
kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion
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have, take
have sex with; archaic use
have sex without being married
engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends
bed-hop, bedhop, sleep around
be sexually active with more than one partner

n a depression forming the ground under a body of water

“he searched for treasure on the ocean bed
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lake bed, lake bottom
the bottom of a lake
Davy Jones, Davy Jones's locker, ocean bottom, ocean floor, sea bottom, sea floor, seabed
the bottom of a sea or ocean
river bottom, riverbed
a channel occupied (or formerly occupied) by a river
creek bed, streambed
a channel occupied (or formerly occupied) by a stream
abyssal zone
the deep sea (2000 meters or more) where there is no light
continental shelf
the relatively shallow (up to 200 meters) seabed surrounding a continent
bathyal district, bathyal zone, continental slope
the steep descent of the seabed from the continental shelf to the abyssal zone
neritic zone
the ocean waters from the low tide mark to a depth of about 100 fathoms
twilight zone
the lowest level of the ocean to which light can reach
dry wash, wash
the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
Type of:
depression, natural depression
a sunken or depressed geological formation

n a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track

“the track bed had washed away”
railroad bed
a bed on which railroad track is laid
a bed supporting a road
Type of:
base, foot, foundation, fundament, groundwork, substructure, understructure
lowest support of a structure

n the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.

Type of:
the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

n a plot of ground in which plants are growing

“the gardener planted a bed of roses”
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asparagus bed
a bed in which asparagus is growing
bed of flowers, flower bed, flowerbed
a bed in which flowers are growing
a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants
a bed where seedlings are grown before transplanting
turnip bed
a bed in which turnips are growing
bed of roses, rose bed
a flower bed in which roses are growing
tulip bed
a flowerbed in which tulips are growing
Type of:
patch, plot, plot of ground, plot of land
a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

v place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil

Type of:
plant, set
put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground

n single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance

“slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach”
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backing, mount
something forming a back that is added for strengthening
a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor
course, row
(construction) a layer of masonry
the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle
a layer placed between other layers
one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
(usually in combinations) one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
one of two or more layers one atop another
a layer of material that encloses space
damp course, damp-proof course
a course of some impermeable material laid in the foundation walls of building near the ground to prevent dampness from rising into the building
row of bricks
a course of bricks place next to each other (usually in a straight line)
top lift
the bottom layer of a heel
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit

“he worked in the coal beds
coal seam
a seam of coal
Type of:
one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock)

n (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock)

“they found a bed of sandstone”
ore bed
a stratum of ore
Type of:
one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock)