Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bed stuffed with down; hence, a very soft, luxurious bed.

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Examples

  • My condition has undergone a further amelioration, from having the mattress laid above the down-bed; it was like to choke me, besides that I lately read somewhere horrible things about the

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • Oh, she does not jump off her down-bed on to a flowerbed.

    Love Me Little, Love Me Long

  • A down-bed pleases awhile, but soon we are weary and would rise.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • There Ponocrates was of opinion that they should make this fair orator drink again; and seeing he had showed them more pastime, and made them laugh more than a natural soul could have done, that they should give him ten baskets full of sausages, mentioned in his pleasant speech, with a pair of hose, three hundred great billets of logwood, five-and-twenty hogsheads of wine, a good large down-bed, and a deep capacious dish, which he said were necessary for his old age.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • But then there are dainty green graffs in Saint Cuthbert's kirkyard, whare ane may sleep as if they were in a down-bed, till they hear the lavrock singing up in the air as high as the Castle; whereas, and behold, these London kirkyards are causeyed with through-stanes, panged hard and fast thegither; and my cloak being something threadbare, made but a thin mattress, so I was fain to give up my bed before every limb about me was crippled.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Cuthbert’s kirkyard, whare ane may sleep as if they were in a down-bed, till they hear the lavrock singing up in the air as high as the

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Gae, mak for her a fine down-bed, and lay her at the wa’.’

    Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - Second Series

  • Expect it not Ye who till noon upon a down-bed lie, Indulging feverish sleep. "

    Advice to a Mother on the Management of Her Children

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