from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bed which forms a settle or settee by day; a folding bed. Compare sofa-bed.
  • n. A small bed having a narrow canopy: probably so called from the resemblance of this to the small canopy sometimes attached to a settle.


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  • But he kept firm his purpose, until his eyes involuntarily rested upon the little settle-bed, and recalled the form of the child of his old age, as she sate upon it, pale, emaciated, and broken-hearted.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Still, however, he had been carried alive into the town, had been laid in a settle-bed in the little inn, and had his wounds dressed with such surgical skill as the town afforded.

    La Vend�e

  • The dream dispersed and Jim lay awake in his settle-bed.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Jim slept on a settle-bed made up in the kitchen, so he said yes, but they were up to that dodge.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • He did not remember coming home, only lying in the dark later, in his settle-bed on his own.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • The only place for certain sure was inside the horsehair of his settle-bed.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • While Jim readied the settle-bed, his father lit his candle from the Sacred Heart lamp.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • When he looked up, he saw that Jim had arranged the settle-bed and was already lying in it.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • An infant lay and prattled to itself over in the bed, and an old man, the landlady's father, sat doubled together on a settle-bed, and bent his head down Over his hands as if his chest or stomach pained him.


  • The old woman who was in charge of it slept in a settle-bed, among broken stools, old sacks, rotten chests and other rattle-traps, in the small room at the rear of the house, floored with tiles.

    Madam Crowl's Ghost and the Dead Sexton


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