from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Confined to bed; bedridden.
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- adj. unable to leave one's bed, especially because of illness, weakness or obesity
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Confined to bed; bedridden.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. confined to bed (by illness)
When the visitors stopped coming, Mamaw fell into depression, went bedfast.
Or Jim McQuiggin, in Ireland, nursing his completely helpless, bedfast wife, twenty-four hours a day, year after year.
And her father and mother, sister died with tuberculosis, set it on me and I was bedfast five months.
And one of the greatest men I ever met in my life was a fellow named Colonel Phil Hart, who later became a United States senator from the state of Michigan, who ran errands for all of us who were bedfast; who provided baseball tickets -- Detroit Tigers -- the Briggs family owned the Detroit Tigers then; his wife was a Briggs.
For years, Elizabeth Barrett had been an invalid, bedfast in her room.
"MAKE SURE he stays bedfast for a while," Dr. Goodfellow told them at the door.
The style here is more emotive than Swift's, but in his deadpan explanatory notes ( "This is a rural English custom designed to eliminate aged and bedfast dependents") there is a Swiftian factuality.
Grandmother Krausa, although bedfast, occasionally insisted on being carried on inspection tours; somebody always suffered.
The Blind, Crooked, Bedrels [bedfast], Widows, Orphans, and all other Poor, so visited by the hand of God as they may not work,
Every now and then for a good many years he's had a bedfast spell.