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.
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.
10. The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
11. (Printing) The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.
Bed is much used adjectively or in combination; as, bed key or bedkey; bed wrench or bedwrench;
bedchamber; bedmaker, etc.
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.
(Bed), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedded; p. pr. & vb. n. Bedding.]
1. To place in a bed. [Obs.] Bacon.
2. To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with.
I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her.
3. To furnish with a bed or bedding.
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
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.
Among all chains or clusters of mountains where large bodies of still water are bedded.
6. (Masonry) To dress or prepare the surface of stone) so as to serve as a bed.
7. To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position. "Bedded hair." Shak.
(Bed) v. i. To go to bed; to cohabit.
If he be married, and bed with his wife.
(Be*dab*ble) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedabbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bedabbling ] To dabble; to
sprinkle or wet. Shak.
(Be*daff") v. t. To make a daff or fool of. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(||Bed"a*gat) n. The sacred books of the Buddhists in Burmah. Malcom.
(Be*dag"gle) v. t. To daggle.