from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually rectangular pad of heavy cloth filled with soft material or an arrangement of coiled springs, used as or on a bed.
- n. An airtight inflatable pad used as or on a bed or as a cushion.
- n. A closely woven mat of brush and poles used to protect an embankment, a dike, or a dam from erosion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pad on which a person can recline and sleep, usually having an inner section of coiled springs covered with foam or other cushioning material then enclosed with cloth fabric.
- n. A form of retaining wall used to support foundations or an embankment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large pad stuffed with hair, moss, or other suitable soft material, and quilted or otherwise fastened, used as or in a bed, to support the human body while lying down.
- n. A mass of interwoven brush, poles, etc., to protect a bank from being worn away by currents or waves.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bed consisting of a bag filled with straw, hair, moss, sponge, husks, excelsior, or other soft and elastic material, and usually quilted or tacked with transverse cords at short intervals to prevent the contents from slipping.
- n. In hydraulic engineering, a mat or mass of brushwood, willow rods, light poles, or other like material, roughly woven or tied together and used to form foundations for dikes and jetties, or as aprons, fencing, curtains, or surfacing for dikes, dams, embankments, and similar constructions, either for assisting to hold together loose material or to prevent injury by the erosion of water.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed
Both Berna and Goldberg bristle at the term "mattress," since these patches of floor coverings may have served a variety of purposes.
Heaven and earth are being moved to make sure money in the mattress is the worst possible choice.
Money in the mattress is the very best choice if assets deflate or if you are denied access to your cash equivalent assets.
“And to me, the mattress is an investment in that.”
And, anyone who invests money in their mattress is too stupid to take care of their own retirement.
Make sure you know what size your mattress is before you purchase a bedspread set.
Talk of stocking up on basic staples, buying personal protection and hoarding your money in a mattress is not unwarranted.
So while editors lament the loss of young readers, they cut down the Sunday comics, separate them into "sections", and wrap them in mattress ads so hard to find that you expect if you do find them they'll be in Bin Laden's hands.
The mattress is thin, but comfortable enough for someone who like a firm mattress.
Yesterday, when we moved my toddler to a “big-girl bed” — essentially a twin mattress on the floor of her room — I noted that I need to buy a faceplate to cover up the telephone jack, which is now at her eye level.