Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bed for the field; a bed that may be easily set up in the field; a portable bed.

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Examples

  • A servant was despatched to meet him as he was approaching the gate, and to tell him that the small-pox was raging in the house, that it would be unsafe for him to enter the doors, but that there was a field-bed in the summer house in the garden, at his service.

    Irish Wit and Humor Anecdote Biography of Swift, Curran, O'Leary and O'Connell

  • Although it was now the height of summer he seldom left the house, sitting much and sleeping in his own room, where he had a field-bed provided for him, and continually devoting himself to the violin.

    The Lost Stradivarius

  • Within, was one wide field-bed; where reclining, we looked up to endless rows of brown calabashes, and trenchers suspended along the rafters; promissory of ample cheer as regiments of old hams in a baronial refectory.

    Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. I (of 2)

  • Ellen lay in a field-bed by me; she had watched several nights, and I obliged her now to undress and go into bed.

    Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph

  • Mrs. Cole had prepared my spark and me an occasional field-bed, to which we retired, and there ended the night in one continued strain of pleasure, sprightly and uncloyed enough for us not to have formed one wish for its ever knowing an end.

    Memoirs of Fanny Hill.

  • Mrs. Cole had prepared my spark and me an occasional field-bed, to which we retir'd, and there ended the night in one continued strain of pleasure, sprightly and uncloy'd enough for us not to have formed one wish for its ever knowing an end.

    Fanny Hill, Part VII (second letter)

  • Mrs. Cole had prepared my spark and me an occasion field-bed, to which we retired, and there ended the night in one continued strain of pleasure, sprightly and uncloyed enough for us not to have formed one wish for its ever knowing an end.

    Memoirs Of Fanny Hill A New and Genuine Edition from the Original Text (London, 1749)

  • In consequence of these determinations, our young adventurer led a very easy life, in quality of page to the Count, in whose tent he lay upon a pallet, close to his field-bed, and often diverted him with his childish prattle in the English tongue, which the more seldom his master had occasion to speak, he the more delighted to hear.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom — Complete

  • I had, in this closet, a field-bed and a hammock, hung from the ceiling, two chairs and a table, neatly screwed to the floor, to prevent being tossed about by the agitation of the horse or the coach.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • Before I went to sleep I gave him to understand that I had some valuable furniture in my box, too good to be lost: a fine hammock, a handsome field-bed, two chairs, a table, and a cabinet; that my closet was hung on all sides, or rather quilted, with silk and cotton; that if he would let one of the crew bring my closet into his cabin I would open it there before him and show him my goods.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 5

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