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 for Bed
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bed \Bed\, n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde,
     Icel. be?r, Dan. bed, Sw. b[aum]dd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti,
     G. bett, bette, bed, beet a plat of ground; all of uncertain
     origin.]
     1. An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or on; a
        couch. Specifically: A sack or mattress, filled with some
        soft material, in distinction from the bedstead on which
        it is placed (as, a feather bed), or this with the
        bedclothes added. In a general sense, any thing or place
        used for sleeping or reclining on or in, as a quantity of
        hay, straw, leaves, or twigs.
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              And made for him [a horse] a leafy bed. --Byron.
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              I wash, wring, brew, bake, . . . make the beds.
                                                    --Shak.
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              In bed he slept not for my urging it. --Shak.
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     2. (Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage.
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              George, the eldest son of his second bed.
                                                    --Clarendon.
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     3. A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a
        little raised above the adjoining ground. "Beds of
        hyacinth and roses." --Milton.
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     4. A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a bed
        of ashes or coals.
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     5. The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as,
        the bed of a river.
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              So sinks the daystar in the ocean bed. --Milton.
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     6. (Geol.) A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between
        layers; as, a bed of coal, iron, etc.
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     7. (Gun.) See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
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     8. (Masonry)
        (a) The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the
            upper and lower beds.
        (b) A course of stone or brick in a wall.
        (c) The place or material in which a block or brick is
            laid.
        (d) The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.
            --Knight.
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     9. (Mech.) The foundation or the more solid and fixed part or
        framing of a machine; or a part on which something is laid
        or supported; as, the bed of an engine.
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     10. The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
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     11. (Printing) The flat part of the press, on which the form
         is laid.
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     Note: Bed is much used adjectively or in combination; as, bed
           key or bedkey; bed wrench or bedwrench; bedchamber;
           bedmaker, etc.
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     Bed of justice (French Hist.), the throne (F. lit bed)
        occupied by the king when sitting in one of his
        parliaments (judicial courts); hence, a session of a
        refractory parliament, at which the king was present for
        the purpose of causing his decrees to be registered.
  
     To be brought to bed, to be delivered of a child; -- often
        followed by of; as, to be brought to bed of a son.
  
     To make a bed, to prepare a bed; to arrange or put in order
        a bed and its bedding.
  
     From bed and board (Law), a phrase applied to a separation
        by partial divorce of man and wife, without dissolving the
        bonds of matrimony. If such a divorce (now commonly called
        a judicial separation) be granted at the instance of the
        wife, she may have alimony.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bed \Bed\, v. i.
     To go to bed; to cohabit.
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           If he be married, and bed with his wife. --Wiseman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bed \Bed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedded; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Bedding.]
     1. To place in a bed. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     2. To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with.
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              I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. --Shak.
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     3. To furnish with a bed or bedding.
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     4. To plant or arrange in beds; to set, or cover, as in a bed
        of soft earth; as, to bed the roots of a plant in mold.
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     5. To lay or put in any hollow place, or place of rest and
        security, surrounded or inclosed; to embed; to furnish
        with or place upon a bed or foundation; as, to bed a
        stone; it was bedded on a rock.
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              Among all chains or clusters of mountains where
              large bodies of still water are bedded.
                                                    --Wordsworth.
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     6. (Masonry) To dress or prepare the surface of stone) so as
        to serve as a bed.
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     7. To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or
        recumbent position. "Bedded hair." --Shak.
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