One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small bed with high barred sides for a baby or very young child.
cradle, bassinet, moses basket, carrycotView synonyms
- ‘Every time he's put down to sleep he wriggles around, quite often until he falls asleep with his head touching one side of the cot and his feet, the other.’
- ‘The baby was in the cot at the side of the double bed and the 10-year-old was in the same bedroom.’
- ‘I sat on a chair just by the bed next to the cot where her baby was sleeping.’
- ‘Her 18-month old baby had a narrow escape when an attic ceiling collapsed close to her cot.’
- ‘Sleeping between five and seven, some have futons for spare beds, cots for babies and can accommodate pets.’
- ‘It didn't take her long to move the baby from her cot to her own bed, and there she stayed.’
- ‘There are ten cots in the unit with two designated as intensive care cots and a team of 22 staff, including two consultant paediatricians who care for more than 300 babies a year.’
- ‘Always put your baby in her cot when falling asleep at night, so that she can learn to associate it with bedtime.’
- ‘You could tell by the looks they were giving us that they assumed we were already failures as parents, and that we wouldn't know what cot to buy that wouldn't collapse on our new one.’
- ‘She can sit up and grab hold of the sides of her cot.’
- ‘It's a centre for 23,000 deliveries, and we have 18 cots but only 9 intensive care cots with ventilators.’
- ‘When a baby in its cot began to cry a sound activated motor would rock the baby's cradle, play the soothing sound of the swish of the sea and a lullaby in tandem if necessary to soothe and settle the child.’
- 1.1 A plain narrow bed.
- ‘The two carried the unconscious body quickly to the tavern, through its small door and down a flight of stairs to a large room with cots and wooden beds lining the walls.’
- ‘One can buy cots, dining tables, sofa sets and corner stands in this section.’
- ‘The concrete floor in the living room where she sits on an old cot cradling her son is bare and cold.’
- ‘It was next to a small lake and had a bed, a cot, and a kitchenette.’
- ‘She led me upstairs and showed me a narrow room with a long line of narrow cots.’
- ‘The bed was little more than a cot, but she loved its simplicity.’
- ‘And hence, what you get here is an entire range of household furniture; from sofa sets to dining tables and cots.’
- ‘He has a metal cot with a mattress, stainless steel sink, and that's it.’
- ‘She was laying down on a small bed, a cot really, in an old, wooden house.’
- ‘I claimed the one in the corner and Suze plopped down on the cot next to me.’
- ‘The bed itself wasn't even a bed, but a cot with stuffing and springs hanging out of the rips.’
- ‘Space-saving furniture, especially cots, sofas and beanbags, demonstrated that it was possible to mix aesthetics with functionality.’
- ‘The cell had a light and it also had a small cot in the corner.’
- ‘I threw it under my cot and climbed into bed, eager to sleep away the night.’
- ‘He walked back over to his cot and sat down on the unmade bed.’
- ‘The only furniture was his bed, more of a cot really, and a dresser with a small oil lamp on it.’
- ‘He tried to turn over, but the cot was too narrow and he couldn't move.’
- ‘The bed was a metal cot with an army-class mattress and sheets.’
- ‘The bed was more like a cot and covered with a bright blue sheet.’
- ‘The once comfortable beds and blankets were replaced with cots and holey sheets.’
- 1.2North American A camp bed.
- ‘She sat on one cot and the General laid down on the other.’
- ‘They were sleeping on cots and in sleeping bags, and eating out of temporary kitchens.’
- ‘I smiled, and fell asleep on the cot beside my parent's bed.’
- ‘All the refugees were asleep except for the patrolling officers with flashlights making rounds around the aisles of sleeping bags and cots.’
- ‘That's why he has banned sleeping at the office, and why there are absolutely no beds, cots, or futons allowed.’
- ‘The two heroes slept in the bed while the Commander slept in a cot.’
- ‘‘Of course I am, I'm going to sleep right there’ she said pointing to the cot next to his bed.’
- ‘She was lying on a canvas army cot, under a cloth canopy.’
- ‘He fell into his bed, which is only a cot on the floor in the corner.’
- ‘Several niches in the walls were used as bunks for men, and cots had been set up as well.’
- 1.3Nautical A bed resembling a hammock hung from deck beams, formerly used by officers.
Mid 17th century (originally Anglo-Indian, denoting a light bedstead): from Hindi khāṭ ‘bedstead, hammock’.
Old English, of Germanic origin; compare with Old Norse kytja ‘hovel’; related to cote.
- ‘As a mathematician he is best known as the first to use the notation cot.’
- ‘Tangent is usually abbreviated to tan and cotangent to cot.’
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