A hammock is a rope or canvas bed that hangs from a stand, two trees, or another support. You might enjoy reading a book while lying in a hammock under a shady tree.

Most people use hammocks to nap or relax, rather than sleeping in them all night, and many kids enjoy swinging back and forth in a hammock. In some cultures and special situations, hammocks have been used for regular sleeping — for example, hammocks were once commonly found on ships, providing sailors with easily portable beds. Hammock comes from the Spanish hamaca, a variation on the Taino hamaka, "fish nets."

Definitions of hammock
  1. noun
    a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swings easily
    synonyms: sack
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    type of:
    a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
  2. noun
    a small natural hill
    synonyms: hillock, hummock, knoll, mound
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    anthill, formicary
    a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
    kopje, koppie
    a small hill rising up from the African veld
    a mound of earth made by moles while burrowing
    type of:
    a local and well-defined elevation of the land
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