Definition of bedding in US English:

bedding

noun

  • 1Coverings for a bed, such as sheets and blankets.

    • ‘This is a man who travels with his own pillow because he dislikes unfamiliar bedding.’
    • ‘Fresh white bedding and a fabulous mattress promise a good night's sleep but the overall impression is clinical, and a couple of bold modern paintings fail to dispel it.’
    • ‘She folded the bedding, putting it away in the bench storage area.’
    • ‘I slipped into my spot beside him, on different bedding of course.’
    • ‘Very modern in appearance, these bedding choices make the modern bedroom's focal point the bed.’
    • ‘Although you could bring your own bedding, you can rent everything from bedside tables to air beds to sleeping bags, although they advise prebooking the extras.’
    • ‘I didn't realise until he'd been in bed and asleep for half an hour last night that my bedding was shut in his room where I'd tidied it away before Sal and Dan came around, so I had to use a thin cushion for a pillow and a travel rug instead of a duvet.’
    • ‘The master bedroom contains a double bed, onto which Kathy offloads her burdensome bundle of blankets and bedding.’
    • ‘For days he had slept beneath his ample bedding, as his mind churned and twisted, in trying to fit itself around what had become of it, and what he had seen.’
    • ‘Her long black hair was streamed out across the bedding, her beautiful face peaceful, the hint of a smile touching her mouth.’
    • ‘Meila was adamant that he stayed fearing for his vulnerability, she prepared bedding for him to sleep on the floor.’
    • ‘Shangred then lay down on the bedding and looked at the child.’
    • ‘We could relax, sit back, and indeed, with all that bedding, it was tempting to lie down, particularly as there was space aplenty.’
    • ‘Even though most bedding is designed as coordinated sets, you can still add personality to a bed.’
    • ‘Silk and satin bedding covered the two inviting beds at the far end of the room.’
    • ‘After she had pulled the bodice of her gown down to her waist, she laid down on the softest part of the bedding, draped her red cape over the top of her shoulders to ward off the cold, and hitched up her skirts.’
    • ‘Then you can remake the bed with the other bedding and it is ready for use.’
    • ‘Mrs White had been up-stairs changing bedding when the blaze broke out in the living room of the family's privately-rented house yesterday afternoon.’
    • ‘She took a hold of some of the bedding as she pushed her depression aside and got out of the bed.’
    • ‘Turning, she pulls the sheets tight, makes the bed, though she knows the bedding will be washed before they next return.’
    • ‘She pushed back the bedding and got out of bed, walking to the large pane window that showed the city along the horizon.’
    • ‘Trek packed up his blankets and bedding, and all his belongings.’
    • ‘Got his bedding ready and hunkered down to sleep.’
    • ‘But I was surprised by the immaculate white bedding.’
    • ‘I never liked to be in the room when the maids came into replace the bedding.’
    • ‘Conn put the parchment down as he heard the woman stirring on the bedding.’
    • ‘There is now a selection of bedding such as duvet covers, sheet, pillow cases etc. and well as curtains.’
    • ‘Don't share towels and wash bedding and nightclothes frequently (every day if possible).’
    • ‘Somewhere to sleep - a crib, cot or pram top, plus bedding.’
    • ‘She flopped back into the pillows, with Isobel snatching up the teacup just before it sloshed onto the bedding.’
    • ‘My lower body was surrounded in thick, warm layers of bedding fashioned in sumptuous fabrics.’
    • ‘I quietly packed up the bedding and tied it to the horse.’
    • ‘Claire is coming up tomorrow and so far all i've done is sort out the clothes that have littered my floor for the last week or so and changed the bedding.’
    • ‘Counting the coins I handed half of them to Niko to purchase horses, blankets and bedding, and lanterns as well as any other necessities he believed we had need of.’
    • ‘Her own guest-room was immaculate, the bedding pleasantly touched with lavender.’
    • ‘My dad's sister is sending up some towels and bedding at some point.’
    • ‘Slowly Nila pushed herself up into a seated position, only half cognizant of the fact that sometime during the night all of the bedding had wound up hanging uselessly over one edge of the bed.’
    • ‘She heard his movements in the bedding and brought her eyes up to meet his.’
    • ‘But there was this older guard who moved his bedding and slept right outside my cell door.’
    • ‘They had to make a few trips up and down the stairs carrying bedding and stuff but finally they finished and slumped back on the huge cozy bed they had produced.’
    sheets, bed linen, linen, bedcovers, covers, blankets
    bedclothes, sheets, bed linen, linen, bedcovers, covers, blankets
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    1. 1.1 Straw or similar material for animals to sleep on.
      • ‘The shredded paper will go to a farmer to use as animal bedding.’
      • ‘Larry also supplies Jerry with hay and straw for bedding and feed.’
      • ‘Cardboard collected from local companies is shredded and used for animal bedding on the farm and turned into compost.’
      • ‘At the moment newspapers are being collected to be made into animal bedding.’
      • ‘The cereal straw (high in the mineral nutrient potassium) provides animal bedding.’
      • ‘It explains how to tell from the label whether an animal has been kept in a restricted environment and if it's been given suitable food and bedding materials.’
      • ‘He brought in 160 new piglets and let them run loose in the bedding.’
      • ‘Some horse owners prefer dirt floors with bluestone or clay for drainage and traditional straw or sawdust bedding.’
      • ‘Change their bedding often, and keep their feeder and waterer clean and filled.’
      • ‘Each box of mice I look after has bedding, cardboard tubes and wood chews.’
      • ‘The most common bedding materials are shavings and straw as they are readily available and can be purchased across the country.’
      • ‘I cleaned out and disinfected their compartment, and put in fresh bedding and put back some of their previous twigs and straw nesting materials.’
      • ‘She had paid for the tiny creature, the cage, the bedding, the hermit hut, and the food.’
      • ‘Conversely, the inexperienced infants nuzzled the bedding or briefly rifted their heads and then resumed steeping face down.’
      • ‘Every stall was fourteen foot by fourteen foot, had a water bucket and feed bucket, and an abundant amount of straw bedding.’
      • ‘When shredded, the paper makes a clean, dry and hygienic form of animal bedding.’
      • ‘Clean out any soiled bedding when you see it and add fresh material to keep the bottom of the nest box well padded.’
      • ‘Thousands of tons of bedding are used at animal shows, racetracks, fairs, stables, kennels, zoos, pet stores, and dairies all across the country.’
      • ‘It can be gathered and sold for animal feed or bedding, but those markets are often unprofitable for growers.’
      • ‘Chizome adjusted the bedding around the squirmy kitten.’
      animal bedding, straw, floor covering
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  • 2A base or bottom layer.

    as modifier ‘a bedding course of sand’
    • ‘The large recoil lug is integral with the receiver, and the bottom of the receiver has a wide, flat bedding surface.’
    • ‘A trigger job and a little glass bedding would probably work a miraculous transformation to an already dandy rifle.’
    • ‘It is used for the original surface, which is usually a bedding surface.’
    • ‘Glass bedding is not required and makes the whole job much easier.’
    • ‘Back in the old days when wood was all we had for stocks, glass bedding did wonders by providing a consistent place for the action to sit.’
    • ‘In consequence, the tiling could not be nailed at every course and relied solely on the mortar bedding to the outer leaf of brickwork.’
    • ‘Naturally, the flow destroyed the layers of horizontal bedding.’
  • 3A display of bedding plants.

    • ‘As usual there will be an array shrubs, heathers, roses and bedding.’
    • ‘Try bulbs, wallflowers and pansies in spring, summer bedding for the hotter months, autumn and winter interest from chrysanthemums and foliage plants.’
    • ‘The administration building is the central point for sightseeing reached by entering the main gate beyond the reception gardens filled with bedding annuals.’
    • ‘Three weeks or so ago, I partially emptied a large container we have by the front door to remove the last remains of summer bedding and then fill with primulas.’
    • ‘Plant out summer bedding if there are no frosts forecast.’
    • ‘Items like flowers and summer bedding were good value.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best known of the verbenas are the hybrida varieties used in bedding displays, containers, window boxes and hanging baskets and coming in a range of colours.’
    • ‘The big spring jobs, sowing, pricking out and planting out bedding and vegetables, pruning early flowering shrubs and getting the lawn into shape, are all finished.’
    • ‘If September stays mild, we will see why bedding such as lobelia, pelargonium and impatiens are so popular as they flower on until the first frosts.’
    • ‘Clear out pots of summer bedding as plants fade and run to seed.’
    • ‘The first task should be clearing away summer bedding and cutting back herbaceous plants that are past their best.’
    • ‘Any gaps in the flower beds can be filled with summer bedding, much of which is being sold off cheap at the moment.’
    • ‘The front garden is bound by a timber fence and planted with bedding areas, gently maturing trees and shrubs.’
    • ‘If there are no late frosts forecast, plant out summer bedding and put out hanging baskets from this week onwards.’
    • ‘All may be started from bulbs, or many may be purchased as bedding or container plants at garden centers.’
    • ‘Baskets and containers will be hanging on to the last flowers of the summer bedding, but are likely to be looking past their best.’
    • ‘After clearing out summer bedding, these can be planted up for a winter display.’
    • ‘A layer of spring flowering bulbs will give another season of interest just before the plants are replaced once again with summer bedding next year.’
    • ‘The other two trials tested peat-frees for growing on young plants and for summer bedding.’
    • ‘Now is the time to sort out summer bedding while many lawns are now getting the short back and sides, as the summer growth begins to take off.’
  • 4Geology
    The stratification or layering of rocks or other geological materials.

    as modifier ‘a bedding plane’
    • ‘This is a significant problem with the thin veneers if the stone was cut parallel to the bedding or the stone was placed vertically to the bedding, or on edge.’
    • ‘It is easy to imagine the shape of the seabed by looking at the bedding planes of rock in the nearby cliffs.’
    • ‘In the picture, a large, cylindrical structure cuts vertically across the bedding of the sedimentary rock.’
    • ‘A primary depositional feature of many layered rocks is stratification, or bedding.’
    • ‘However, excavations showed no obvious bedding.’

Pronunciation

bedding

/ˈbɛdɪŋ//ˈbediNG/