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  • n. Alternative spelling of waterbed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large india-rub ber mattress filled with water, on which a very sick person, or one who is bedridden, is some times placed, to avoid the production of bed sores. Also called hydrostatic bed.


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  • Volunteers filling 50,000 sandbags in Lincoln County, Missouri, where local official compared being on one of the levees to walking on a water-bed.

    CNN Transcript Jun 23, 2008

  • In "About Schmidt," he plays Warren Schmidt, a bland, tubby Nebraska actuary who retires one day and who, to forestall the flooding realization that his life has been a joke and a waste, hits the road in an RV and attempts to stop his daughter (Hope Davis) from marrying a water-bed salesman (Dermot Mulroney).

    About Jack

  • It was a yellow figure lying lax upon a water-bed and clad in a flowing shirt, a figure with a shrunken face and a stubby beard, lean limbs and lank nails, and about it was a case of thin glass.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • Meanwhile, thought his wife, he was in his element, all tenderness and consideration for John — he went to endless trouble in procuring for him the newest make of water-bed — which was just what one would expect of Richard.

    The Way Home

  • During the next five hours Clete and I covered the Quarter, the lower end of Magazine, a strip of water-bed motels on Airline, and a half dozen bars across the river in Algiers.

    Dave Robicheaux Ebook Boxed Set

  • Takes the gold in the water-bed races, not to mention the pole vault-

    Jinx High

  • If he is wounded it is an India-rubber stretcher or an ambulance, provided with India-rubber springs, that gives him least pain on his way to the hospital, where, if his wound is serious, a water-bed of India rubber gives ease to his mangled frame, and enables him to endure the wearing tedium of an unchanged posture.

    Hidden Treasures Or, Why Some Succeed While Others Fail

  • There is one little river in especial, that empties into the Schuylkill, which comes from some water-bed under the shady hills in Montgomery

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 74, December, 1863

  • This is crossed by the bridge _Jisr 'el Kadi_, (so named from an ameer of the house of T'noohh, surnamed the Kadi, or Judge, from his legal acquirements, and who erected the bridge in old times,) near which the limestone rock of the water-bed is worn into other channels by the occasional escapements of winter torrents.

    Byeways in Palestine

  • Then going on for some time among green bushes and straggling shoots of trees, we descended to the water-bed of a valley.

    Byeways in Palestine


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