Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The frame supporting a bed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The framework that supports a bed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A framework for supporting a bed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A frame or framework, more or less elaborate, for supporting a bed: most commonly made of wood, but now often of iron, and sometimes of brass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the framework of a bed

Etymologies

bed +‎ stead (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • a night between regulation blankets, on a straw mattress, with rank grass for a bedstead, is as comfortable as the peaceful slumber they enjoy betwixt their own white sheetings.

    The Civil War in America

  • But one change did come, a change that rocked the foundations of society and sent clergymen flocking to their pulpits to condemn the new development: the twin bedstead.

    The Twin Bed | Edwardian Promenade

  • Og, king of Bashan, these words are inserted: “For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants: behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron: is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.”

    Theologico-Political Treatise

  • The bedstead is a four-poster, with a deal of old hanging and valance, and is, as I once said, probably connected with more than 24 Bs, — which I remember my hearers was pleased to laugh at, at the time.

    Somebody's Luggage

  • For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • I have seldom seen any furniture in the rooms, excepting a sofa or bedstead, which is an oblong wooden frame, with four legs, having a seat made either of reeds, and then called

    Travels in Nubia

  • For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

    Deuteronomy 3.

  • Messrs.A. W. Southard and Volney R. Sears, of Falls City, Neb., have patented an improved invalid bedstead, which is provided with ingenious mechanism for placing the invalid in different positions.

    Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879 A Weekly Journal of Practical Information, Art, Science, Mechanics, Chemistry, and Manufactures

  • Instead of using the night for sleep, you spend it in reading; your bedstead is a bookcase, your pillows a desk!

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • -- Spirits of naphtha rubbed with a small painter's brush into every part of the bedstead is a certain way of getting rid of bugs.

    The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing A Manual of Ready Reference

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