American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An environment conducive to vigorous growth or development, especially of something undesirable: a hotbed of intrigue.
- n. A glass-covered bed of soil heated with fermenting manure or by electricity, used for the germination of seeds or for protecting tender plants.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In horticulture, a bed of earth heated by fermenting substances, and covered with glass to defend it from the cold air, intended for raising early plants, or for protecting tender exotics.
- n. Figuratively, a seat of rapid growth or development, or of eager activity of some kind: generally in a bad sense: as, a hotbed of sedition.
- n. In rail-making, the bed on which the redhot rail taken from the rolls is placed to cool.
- n. a low bed of earth covered with glass, and heated with rotting manure; used for the germination of seeds and the growth of tender plants. A hotbed works as a miniature hothouse, i.e. greenhouse.
- n. by extension an environment that is ideal for the growth or development of something, especially of something undesirable
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Iron Manuf.) an iron platform in a rolling mill, on which hot bars, rails, etc., are laid to cool.
- n. (Gardening) A bed of earth heated by fermenting manure or other substances, and covered with glass, intended for raising early plants, or for nourishing exotics.
- n. A place which favors rapid growth or development.
- n. a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants
- n. a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad)
- From hot + bed. (Wiktionary)
“U.S. and Iraqi forces are targeting what they call a hotbed for terrorists in an area Northeast of Samarra.”
“Hama resident Saleh Abu Yaman said there was heavy shooting in the northeastern Hamidiyeh neighbourhood - which he described as a hotbed of anti-regime activists.”
“Hama resident Saleh Abu Yaman said there was heavy shooting in the northeastern Hamidiyeh neighborhood - which he described as a hotbed of anti-regime activists.”
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