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1 a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep; "he sat on the edge of the bed"; "the room had only a bed and chair"
2 a plot of ground in which plants are growing; "the gardener planted a bed of roses"
3 a depression forming the ground under a body of water; "he searched for treasure on the ocean bed" [syn: bottom]
4 (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock); "they found a bed of standstone"
5 a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit; "he worked in the coal beds" [syn: seam]
6 single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance; "slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach" [syn: layer]
7 the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.
8 a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track; "the track bed had washed away"


1 furnish with a bed; "The inn keeper could bed all the new arrivals"
2 place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
3 put to bed; "The children were bedded at ten o'clock"
4 have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?" [syn: roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie with, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk]
5 go to bed in order to sleep; "I usually turn in at midnight"; "He turns out at the crack of dawn" [syn: go to bed, turn in, crawl in, kip down, hit the hay, hit the sack, sack out, go to sleep, retire] [ant: get up, get up] [also: bedding, bedded]bedding


1 coverings that are used on a bed [syn: bedclothes, bed clothing]
2 material used to provide a bed for animals [syn: bedding material, litter]bedding See bed

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Bedlinen; the textiles associated with a bed, e.g., sheets, pillowcases, bedspreads, blankets, etc.
  2. Bedclothes.
  3. Any material used by or provided to animals to lie on.


material for animals to lie on


  1. present participle of bed



  1. The ground in a river.

Extensive Definition

Bedding refers to the materials laid above the mattress of a bed for warmth. Bedding excludes the mattress, box spring and bed frame. Down materials are often used for warmth in bedding. To seek bedding means a person will retire for sleep, to his or her bedding.

Common bedding materials


Around 3400 BC Egyptian pharaohs had their beds moved off the ground and slept on a raised surface.
The Roman Empire brought the beginning of luxury beds. The mattresses were stuffed with wool, feather, reeds or hay. They were decorated with paint, bronze, silver, jewels and gold.
During the Renaissance, mattresses were stuffed with straw and feathers and then covered with silks, velvets or satin material.
The arrival of the 18th century brought bed frames made from cast iron, and mattresses that were made of cotton. This quickly did away with much of the vermin that would nest in mattresses that were stuffed with easily decomposed matter. The 19th century saw the invention of the bed spring, also called the box spring.
The 20th century brought the inner spring mattress, futon, water bed (starting in 1960's), air mattresses, foam rubber mattresses and pillows.


Bed Skirt (also Bed Ruffle, Dust Ruffle or Valance): A decorative piece used to cover the boxspring and legs of the bed. It fits between the mattress and boxspring and hangs to the floor.
Bed Spread: A bed cover with sides that go to the floor. This does not require a bed skirt.
Boudoir Pillows (or Breakfast Pillows): Small rectangular decorative throw pillows.
Comforter: A filled bed cover that is quilted and usually reversible. They require a bed skirt to complete the look, as the sides only go about halfway to the floor.
Drop: The length of a bed skirt.
Duvet Cover: A decorative and protective covering for a duvet. Most duvet covers have a button or tie closure at one end.
European Sham (or Euro Sham): A decorative pillow covering which fits a large 26” x 26” pillow. These are often placed behind the standard size pillow shams as a backdrop for all of the other pillows.
Flanged: Including a decorative band of fabric that is straight or tailored; often used to describe pillows or pillow shams
Neckroll: Small cylindrical decorative throw pillows
Pillow Shams: Decorative coverings for pillows, often designed with trims, ruffles, flanges, or cording. Shams are normally placed behind the pillows used to sleep on, which would be covered with regular pillowcases.
Pleated: Sewn in folds like a fan
Tailored: Fitted closely ie made to fit the bed exactly
Thread Count: The number of thread ends per square inch in a woven fabric

See also

bedding in German: Bettware
bedding in French: Literie
bedding in Japanese: 寝具

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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