from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A low bed that is moved on trundles, or little wheels, so that it can be pushed under a higher bed; a truckle-bed; also, sometimes, a simiral bed without wheels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A low bed moving on casters, and designed to be pushed under a high bed when not in use; a truckle-bed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a low bed to be slid under a higher bed
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As would Thomas Wolfe a century later, he loved the manswarm on the streets: “I am borne, and rubbed, and crowded along, and need scarcely trouble myself about using my own legs,” but disdained “Niggers, mulattoes, quadroons, Chinese” and other inconvenient life forms, including “trundle-bed trash”—children.13
Margaret, returned from school, Margaret laid her books on the table, looked in the glass at her flushed cheeks, pulled out the trundle-bed, and lay down.
His first care was given to the child, whose cries, indeed, as she lay writhing on the trundle-bed, made it of peremptory necessity to postpone all other business to the task of soothing her.
Her two younger brothers, Henry and Charles, slept together in a little trundle-bed in a corner of the nursery where she also slept.
Dinah had tucked away her five little ones, some in the trundle-bed (in which during happy days, now passed away, her dear "ole missus" had watched and cared for her own four darlings), some in the "big bed," and on her lap lay asleep her sixth child, a babe, born since the exile of its father, Joe.
Slowly, slowly, the little trundle-bed boat began to move; it sailed along the floor and up the wall and across the ceiling and down again!
And he steered the little trundle-bed boat straight into the old Moon's face, and bumped his nose!
Little Jack Rollaround up and threw him, trundle-bed boat and all, into the middle of the sea!
"Roll! roll!" cried the little boy; and the trundle-bed went trundling among the trees in the great wood, scaring up the squirrels and startling the little leaves on the trees.
The little boy did not like her, so he blew harder, and the trundle-bed boat went sailing through the forest till it came to the end of the world.