from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Bedclothes.
  • noun Material, especially straw, on which animals sleep.
  • noun A bottom layer; a foundation.
  • noun Geology Stratification of rocks into beds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of placing in a bed; a putting to bed, especially of a newly married couple. See bed, v. t., 4.
  • noun A bed and its furniture; the materials of a bed, whether for man or beast.
  • noun In geology, as used by most geologists, the exact equivalent of stratification, or occurrence in strata or beds. See bed, bedded, and lamination.
  • noun In building, a foundation or bottom layer of any kind.
  • noun The seat in which a steam-boiler rests.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A bed and its furniture; the materials of a bed, whether for man or beast; bedclothes; litter.
  • noun (Geol.) The state or position of beds and layers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The textiles associated with a bed, e.g., sheets, pillowcases, bedspreads, blankets, etc.
  • noun Any material used by or provided to animals to lie on.
  • noun geology a structure occurring in granite and similar massive rocks that allows them to split in well-defined planes horizontally or parallel to the land surface
  • noun horticulture the temporary planting of fast-growing plants into flower beds to create colourful, temporary, seasonal displays, during spring, summer or winter
  • verb Present participle of bed.

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

  • noun material used to provide a bed for animals
  • noun coverings that are used on a bed


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  • The materials laid above the mattress of a bed for warmth. Bedding excludes the mattress, box spring and bed frame. Down materials are often used for warmth in bedding. Pillow, sheet, comforter, blanket, duvet, quilt, sleeping bag, etc.

    May 13, 2008