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Usage statistics for the noun bed:

spoken English52.15%written English47.85% conversational speech80.18%task-oriented speech19.82% imaginative writing84.03%informational writing15.97%
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Bed is sometimes a misspelling of bad, beg or bid.

The word bed is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun bed

What does bed mean as a name of something?

Bed is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: beds

  1. a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
    • examples: he sat on the edge of the bed | the room had only a bed and chair
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: bedroom furniture = furniture intended for use in a bedroom
    • more specific terms:
      • built in bed / berth / bunk = a bed on a ship or train
      • built-in bed = a bed that is built in and fixed to a wall
      • bunk = a rough bed
      • bunk bed / bunk = beds built one above the other
      • camp bed / cot = a small bed that folds up for storage or transport
      • couch = a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment
      • deathbed = the bed on which a person dies
      • double bed = a bed wide enough to accommodate two sleepers
      • four-poster = 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
      • 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
      • plank-bed = a bed of boards
      • platform bed = a bed without springs
      • sickbed = 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 bed / trundle bed / truckle / trundle = 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
    • part of: bedchamber / bedroom / chamber / sleeping accommodation / sleeping room = a room used primarily for sleeping
    • parts:
      • bedframe / bedstead = the framework of a bed
      • mattress = a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed
  2. a plot of ground in which plants are growing
    • example: the gardener planted a bed of roses
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: patch / plot / plot of ground / plot of land = a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
    • more specific terms:
  3. a depression forming the ground under a body of water
  4. (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock)
    • example: they found a bed of sandstone
    • domain: geology
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic word: stratum = one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another
    • more specific term: ore bed = a stratum of ore
  5. a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit
    • example: he worked in the coal beds
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of bed: seam
    • more generic word: stratum = one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another
    • more specific term: coal seam = a seam of coal
  6. single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
    • example: slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of bed: layer
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific words:
      • backing / mount = something forming a back that is added for strengthening
      • blanket = a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor
      • course / row = a layer of masonry
      • cushion = the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle
      • interlayer = a layer placed between other layers
      • lift = one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
      • overlay = a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
      • ply = one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
      • tier = one of two or more layers one atop another
      • wall = a layer of material that encloses space
    • part of: laminate = a sheet of material made by bonding two or more sheets or layers
  7. 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.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: surface = the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
    • part of: press / printing press = a machine used for printing
  8. a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track

Alternative definition of the noun bed


  1. A piece of furniture, usually flat and soft, to sleep on.
  2. [uncountable] One's bed, or a bed as a general place or concept.
  3. A prepared spot to spend the night in, as in camping bed.
  4. A garden plot, as in "bed of roses".
  5. The bottom of a lake or other body of water, as in "sea bed".
  6. An area where a large number of oysters, mussels, or other sessile shellfish is found.
  7. A flat surface or layer on which something else is to be placed.
  8. A foundation or supporting surface formed of a fluid.
  9. The platform of a truck, trailer, railcar, or other vehicle that supports the load to be hauled.
  10. A deposit of ore, coal etc.
  11. A shaped piece of timber to hold a cask clear of a ship’s floor; a pallet.
  12. A piece of music, normally instrumental, over which a Radio DJ talks.

Specialised definition of the noun bed

Glossary of sports / billiards

the flat surface, made of slate, on which the baize cloth is laid

Glossary of sports / bowling

the area surrounding the lane, including the approach, thepit, and the gutters

Glossary of sports / darts

a specific target area; e.g., double 20.

the area of a double or treble, defined by the wire of the spider

Definition of the verb bed

What does bed mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bed, bedded, bedding

  1. furnish with a bed
    • example: The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: furnish / provide / render / supply = give something useful or necessary to
    • more specific word: bunk = provide with a bunk
  2. place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: plant / set = put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
  3. put to bed
  4. have sexual intercourse with
  5. prepare for sleep


Bed a.k.a. Hanscom Field is a public use airport operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority in Bedford, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States.


Bed is a musical group.


  1. "Bed" is a song by American R&B singer J. Holiday. It is the second single released from his debut album Back of My Lac'. The song was produced by Los Da Mystro, who co-wrote the song with The-Dream.
  2. "Bed" is the third solo album by Juliana Hatfield, released in 1998.
  3. "Bed" is a musical album of Marcie Mycroft.
  4. "Bed" is a musical album of Lost Balance.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  5. "bed" is a musical album of Mndsgn.
    • released on
  6. "Bed" is a musical single of Five Thirty.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  7. "BED" is a musical single of DOUBLE.
  8. "Bed" is a musical album of Spookey Ruben.


  1. "Bed" is a short story collection by Tao Lin, published in 2007.
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Fiction
    • released in (8 years ago)
  2. "Bed" is a book by Jim Cartwright.


"Bed" is a 1985 short film directed by Susanne Praglowski.

  • also known as Bett
  • country: Austria
  • released in (30 years ago)


  1. "Bed" is a sculpture (wood) by Clayton Lewis, begun in and completed in (46 years ago).
    • media: wood
  2. "Bed" is an artwork (oil paint) by Robert Rauschenberg, begun in (60 years ago).
    • media: oil paint


  1. Bed: In geology a bed is the smallest division of a geologic formation or stratigraphic rock series marked by well-defined divisional planes separating it from layers above and below. A bed is the smallest lithostratigraphic unit, usually ranging in thickness from a centimetre to several metres and distinguishable from beds above and below it. Beds can be differentiated in various ways, including rock or mineral type and particle size. The term is generally applied to sedimentary strata, but may also be used for volcanic flows or ash layers.
  2. Bed a.k.a. Bedoanas Language: Bedoanas is a minor Austronesian language of the north coast of the Bomberai Peninsula.
  3. Bed a.k.a. BEd. is a degree.
  4. Bed a.k.a. myopia 1 (X-linked, Bornholm eye disease included) is a gene.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Bed

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Google previewDay Hiking South Cascades (2007)

by Dan Nelson

The Big Lava Bed is a valcanic formation, but it's not the clossic conical valcano. Rather, it is a 20-square- GETTING THERE From Carson, drive north on the Wind River Road (County Road 30) 5.6 miles and turn right (east) onto the Panther ...

Google previewCoal Resources of Beaver County, Pennsylvania (1963)

by Elmer Davisson Patterson

The Middle Kittanning bed is the thickest and best coal in the county and is actively mined at many places. For this reason it serves as a marker for the Lower and Upper Kittanning coals. Lower Kittanning coal. — In Lawrence County the Lower ...

Google previewDragon Lore Series (2011)

Legend of the Spirit Stone by Justin Snyder

The bed is a small cot, with a large clay pot next to it, the small pillow is dusty and the single blanket on the makeshift...

Google previewMiocene of the S.E. United States (1977)

A Model for Chemical Sedimentation in a Peri-Marine Environment

m above the calcite bed is a 0.3 m thick bed of soft white dolomite. The dolomite consists of thin-walled, partially formed rhombs. This is overlain by 1 m of clean, blocky clay. In this area there is considerable lateral variation over ...

Google previewBasic Mechanical Engineering (2009)

by Sadhu Singh

Bed. The bed is the base or foundation of the lathe. It is a massive (heavy) and rigid casting made in one piece to resist...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1977)

Volume 2 - Additives to Alpha by John J. McKetta Jr

Like the counter- current column, the adsorber bed provides many "transfer units" or "theoretical plates" at the start of a run. But unlike the countercurrent column, the transfer units available in adsorption diminish as the run proceeds because ...

Google previewFuldstaendigt Dansk og Engelsk haand-lexicon (1824)

udarbeidet efter de bedste og nyeste ordbøger by Christian Friderich Bay

Seng, a Bed. (Feldtseng) a Camp-bed. (Paradeseng) a Bed of State.

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Usage statistics about bed

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun bed:

spoken English52.15%written English47.85% conversational speech80.18%task-oriented speech19.82% imaginative writing84.03%informational writing15.97%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bed:


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Quotes about Bed

I even smoke in bed. Imagine smoking a cigar in bed, reading a book. Next to your bed, there's a cigar table with a special cigar ashtray, and your wife is reading a book on how to save the environment. (Raul Julia)
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Scrabble value of B3E1D2

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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