bed
   1. childbirth
   The bed is the symbol of birth, marriage, and copulation. To be brought to bed is standard English for the delivery of a child:
    At the height of the gale a soldier's wife was brought to bed. (Graves, 1940)
   2. to copulate with
   Formerly, where the marriage was made binding through consummation:
    Woo her, wed her and bed her. (Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew)
   In modern use, it applies to copulation by either sex, although men tend to bed women and women to bed with men:
    She had bedded with most of the criminal fraternity, including Roger Clinton, in a decade-long career of vertiginous debauchery. (Evans-Pritchard, 1997)
   Bedtime business is copulation:
    I don't care about your bedtime business. Let them bounce on you like a squashy mattress! (Rushdie, 1995)
   Bed-hopping is promiscuity:
    Given more privacy, some bed-hopping might have developed. (Hailey, 1979)

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  • bed — bed …   The Old English to English

  • bed — bed …   English to the Old English

  • bed — bed; bed·da; bed·ded; bed·der; bed·e·guar; bed·er·al; bed·fel·low·ship; bed·ford; bed·ford·shire; bed·lam·er; bed·less; bed·ling·ton; bed·man; bed·ral; bed·rid·den; bed·stead; bed·ward; crab·bed; crab·bed·ly; crab·bed·ness; em·bed; em·bed·ment;… …   English syllables

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bed — [bed] n. [ME & OE < IE base * bhedh , to dig > Ger bett, L fossa, ditch, W bedd, Bret béz, a grave; orig. sense “a sleeping hollow in the ground”] 1. a thing for sleeping or resting on; specif., a piece of furniture consisting usually of a… …   English World dictionary

  • Bed — Bed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bedded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bedding}.] 1. To place in a bed. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To make partaker of one s bed; to cohabit with. [1913 Webster] I ll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bed — ► NOUN 1) a piece of furniture incorporating a mattress or other surface for sleeping or resting on. 2) informal a bed as a place for sexual activity. 3) an area of ground where flowers and plants are grown. 4) a flat base or foundation. 5) a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Bed — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bed*/*/*/ — [bed] noun 1) [C/U] a piece of furniture that you sleep on The room had two beds in it.[/ex] It s midnight – why aren t you in bed?[/ex] I never get out of bed before 10 am.[/ex] I got home at 11 pm and went straight to bed.[/ex] 2) [C] the… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Bed — Bed, v. i. To go to bed; to cohabit. [1913 Webster] If he be married, and bed with his wife. Wiseman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bed — [n1] furniture for sleeping bassinet, bedstead, berth, bunk, chaise, cot, couch, cradle, crib, davenport, divan, mattress, pallet, platform, sack, trundle; concept 443 bed [n2] patch of ground for planting area, border, frame, garden, piece, plot …   New thesaurus

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