Definition of bedding in English:

bedding

noun

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

    • ‘Shangred then lay down on the bedding and looked at the child.’
    • ‘Trek packed up his blankets and bedding, and all his belongings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I quietly packed up the bedding and tied it to the horse.’
    • ‘Her own guest-room was immaculate, the bedding pleasantly touched with lavender.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She pushed back the bedding and got out of bed, walking to the large pane window that showed the city along the horizon.’
    • ‘She heard his movements in the bedding and brought her eyes up to meet his.’
    • ‘She took a hold of some of the bedding as she pushed her depression aside and got out of the bed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I never liked to be in the room when the maids came into replace the bedding.’
    • ‘The master bedroom contains a double bed, onto which Kathy offloads her burdensome bundle of blankets and bedding.’
    • ‘She folded the bedding, putting it away in the bench storage area.’
    • ‘Her long black hair was streamed out across the bedding, her beautiful face peaceful, the hint of a smile touching her mouth.’
    • ‘Turning, she pulls the sheets tight, makes the bed, though she knows the bedding will be washed before they next return.’
    • ‘Conn put the parchment down as he heard the woman stirring on the bedding.’
    • ‘Meila was adamant that he stayed fearing for his vulnerability, she prepared bedding for him to sleep on the floor.’
    • ‘She flopped back into the pillows, with Isobel snatching up the teacup just before it sloshed onto the bedding.’
    • ‘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.’
    sheets, bed linen, linen, bedcovers, covers, blankets
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    1. 1.1Straw or similar material for animals to sleep on.
      • ‘Cardboard collected from local companies is shredded and used for animal bedding on the farm and turned into compost.’
      • ‘The shredded paper will go to a farmer to use as animal bedding.’
      • ‘Conversely, the inexperienced infants nuzzled the bedding or briefly rifted their heads and then resumed steeping face down.’
      • ‘It can be gathered and sold for animal feed or bedding, but those markets are often unprofitable for growers.’
      • ‘She had paid for the tiny creature, the cage, the bedding, the hermit hut, and the food.’
      • ‘I cleaned out and disinfected their compartment, and put in fresh bedding and put back some of their previous twigs and straw nesting materials.’
      • ‘Thousands of tons of bedding are used at animal shows, racetracks, fairs, stables, kennels, zoos, pet stores, and dairies all across the country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Change their bedding often, and keep their feeder and waterer clean and filled.’
      • ‘He brought in 160 new piglets and let them run loose in the 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.’
      • ‘Every stall was fourteen foot by fourteen foot, had a water bucket and feed bucket, and an abundant amount of straw bedding.’
      • ‘The cereal straw (high in the mineral nutrient potassium) provides animal bedding.’
      • ‘Chizome adjusted the bedding around the squirmy kitten.’
      • ‘Larry also supplies Jerry with hay and straw for bedding and feed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some horse owners prefer dirt floors with bluestone or clay for drainage and traditional straw or sawdust bedding.’
      • ‘At the moment newspapers are being collected to be made into animal bedding.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Naturally, the flow destroyed the layers of horizontal bedding.’
    • ‘In consequence, the tiling could not be nailed at every course and relied solely on the mortar bedding to the outer leaf of brickwork.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3A display of bedding plants.

    • ‘Items like flowers and summer bedding were good value.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Try bulbs, wallflowers and pansies in spring, summer bedding for the hotter months, autumn and winter interest from chrysanthemums and foliage plants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 first task should be clearing away summer bedding and cutting back herbaceous plants that are past their best.’
    • ‘After clearing out summer bedding, these can be planted up for a winter display.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plant out summer bedding if there are no frosts forecast.’
    • ‘If there are no late frosts forecast, plant out summer bedding and put out hanging baskets from this week onwards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clear out pots of summer bedding as plants fade and run to seed.’
    • ‘The administration building is the central point for sightseeing reached by entering the main gate beyond the reception gardens filled with bedding annuals.’
    • ‘Any gaps in the flower beds can be filled with summer bedding, much of which is being sold off cheap at the moment.’
    • ‘As usual there will be an array shrubs, heathers, roses and bedding.’
    • ‘The other two trials tested peat-frees for growing on young plants and for summer bedding.’
    • ‘The front garden is bound by a timber fence and planted with bedding areas, gently maturing trees and shrubs.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘In the picture, a large, cylindrical structure cuts vertically across the bedding of the sedimentary rock.’
    • ‘It is easy to imagine the shape of the seabed by looking at the bedding planes of rock in the nearby cliffs.’
    • ‘A primary depositional feature of many layered rocks is stratification, or bedding.’
    • ‘However, excavations showed no obvious bedding.’

Pronunciation:

bedding

/ˈbediNG/