1. To place in a bed.
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)
Origin: Bedded; Bedding.
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)
Bed is much used adjectively or in combination; as, bed key or bedkey; bed wrench or bedwrench; bedchamber; bedmaker, etc. Bed of justice, 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.
Origin: AS. Bed, bedd; akin to OS. Bed, D. Bed, bedde, Icel. Ber, Dan. Bed, Sw. Badd, Goth. Badi, OHG. Betti, G. Bett, bette, bed, beet a plat of ground; all of uncertain origin.
(01 Mar 1998)
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