Beden Bed"en noun (Zoology) The Abyssinian or Arabian ibex ( Capra Nubiana ). It is probably the wild goat of the Bible.
Bedesman Bedes"man noun Same as Beadsman . [ Obsolete]
Bedevil Be·dev"il transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bedevilled
; present participle & verbal noun Bedeviling
.] 1. To throw into utter disorder and confusion, as if by the agency of evil spirits; to bring under diabolical influence; to torment.
Bedeviled and used worse than St. Bartholomew. 2. To spoil; to corrupt. Wright.
Bedevilment Be·dev"il·ment noun The state of being bedeviled; bewildering confusion; vexatious trouble. [ Colloq.]
Bedew Be·dew" transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bedewed ; present participle & verbal noun Bedewing .] To moisten with dew, or as with dew. "Falling tears his face bedew ." Dryden.
Bedewer Be·dew"er noun One who, or that which, bedews.
Bedewy Be·dew"y adjective Moist with dew; dewy.
Night with her bedewy wings.
Bedfellow Bed"fel`low noun One who lies with another in the same bed; a person who shares one's couch.
Bedfere Bedphere Bed"fere` Bed"phere` noun [ Bed + Anglo-Saxon fera a companion.] A bedfellow. [ Obsolete] Chapman.
Bedgown Bed"gown` noun A nightgown.
Bedight Be·dight" transitive verb [ past participle Bedight , Bedighted .] To bedeck; to array or equip; to adorn. [ Archaic] Milton.
Bedim Be·dim" transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bedimmed ; present participle & verbal noun Bedimming .] To make dim; to obscure or darken. Shak.
Bedizen Be·diz"en transitive verb To dress or adorn tawdrily or with false taste.
Remnants of tapestried hangings, . . . and shreds of pictures with which he had bedizened his tatters.
Sir W. Scott.
Bedizenment Be·diz"en·ment noun That which bedizens; the act of dressing, or the state of being dressed, tawdrily.
Bedkey Bed"key` noun An instrument for tightening the parts of a bedstead.
Bedlam Bed"lam noun
[ See Bethlehem
.] 1. A place appropriated to the confinement and care of the insane; a madhouse. Abp. Tillotson. 2. An insane person; a lunatic; a madman.
Let's get the bedlam to lead him. 3. Any place where uproar and confusion prevail.
Bedlam Bed"lam adjective Belonging to, or fit for, a madhouse. "The bedlam , brainsick duchess." Shak.
Bedlamite Bed"lam·ite noun An inhabitant of a madhouse; a madman. "Raving bedlamites ." Beattie.
Bedmaker Bed"mak`er noun One who makes beds.
Bedote Be·dote" (be*dōt") transitive verb To cause to dote; to deceive. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Bedouin Bed"ou·in noun [ French bédouin , Old French béduin , from Arabic bedawī rural, living in the desert, from badw desert, from badā to live in the desert, to lead a nomadic life.] One of the nomadic Arabs who live in tents, and are scattered over Arabia, Syria, and northern Africa, esp. in the deserts. -- Bed"ou*in*ism noun
Bedouin Bed"ou·in adjective Pertaining to the Bedouins; nomad.
Bedpan Bed"pan` noun 1. A pan for warming beds. Nares. 2. A shallow chamber vessel, so constructed that it can be used by a sick person in bed.
Bedphere Bed"phere` noun See Bedfere . [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Bedpiece, Bedplate Bed"piece`, Bed"plate` noun (Machinery) The foundation framing or piece, by which the other parts are supported and held in place; the bed; -- called also baseplate and soleplate .
Bedpost Bed"post` noun 1. One of the four standards that support a bedstead or the canopy over a bedstead. 2. Anciently, a post or pin on each side of the bed to keep the clothes from falling off. See Bedstaff . Brewer.
Bedquilt Bed"quilt` noun A quilt for a bed; a coverlet.
Bedrabble Be·drab"ble transitive verb To befoul with rain and mud; to drabble.
Bedraggle Be·drag"gle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bedraggled ; present participle & verbal noun Bedraggling ] To draggle; to soil, as garments which, in walking, are suffered to drag in dust, mud, etc. Swift.
Bedrench Be·drench" transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bedrenched ; present participle & verbal noun Bedrenching .] To drench; to saturate with moisture; to soak. Shak.
Bedribble Be·drib"ble transitive verb To dribble upon.
Bedrid, Bedridden Bed"rid`, Bed"rid`den adjective [ Middle English bedrede , Anglo-Saxon bedreda , bedrida ; from bed , bedd , a bed or couch + ridda a rider; confer Old High German pettiriso , German bettrise . See Bed , noun , and Ride , intransitive verb ] Confined to the bed by sickness or infirmity. "Her decrepit, sick, and bedrid father." Shak. "The estate of a bedridden old gentleman." Macaulay.
Bedright Bedrite Bed"right` Bed"rite` noun [ Bed + right , rite .] The duty or privilege of the marriage bed. Shak.
Bedrizzle Be·driz"zle transitive verb To drizzle upon.
Bedroom Bed"room noun 1. A room or apartment intended or used for a bed; a lodging room. 2. Room in a bed.
[ In this sense preferably bed room
Then by your side no bed room me deny.
Bedrop Be·drop" transitive verb To sprinkle, as with drops.
The yellow carp, in scales bedropped with gold.
Bedrug Be·drug" transitive verb To drug abundantly or excessively.
Bedside Bed"side` noun The side of a bed.
Bedsite Bed"site` noun A recess in a room for a bed.
Of the three bedrooms, two have fireplaces, and all are of fair size, with windows and bedsite well placed.
Bedsore Bed"sore` noun (Medicine) A sore on the back or hips caused by lying for a long time in bed.
Bedspread Bed"spread` noun A bedquilt; a counterpane; a coverlet. [ U. S.]
Bedstaff Bed"staff` noun
; plural Bedstaves "A wooden pin stuck anciently on the sides of the bedstead, to hold the clothes from slipping on either side." Johnson.
Hostess, accommodate us with a bedstaff .
Say there is no virtue in cudgels and bedstaves .
Bedstead Bed"stead noun [ Bed + stead a frame.] A framework for supporting a bed.
Bedstock Bed"stock noun The front or the back part of the frame of a bedstead. [ Obsolete or Dial. Eng.]
Bedstraw Bed"straw` noun 1. Straw put into a bed. Bacon. 2. (Botany) A genus of slender herbs, usually with square stems, whorled leaves, and small white flowers. Our Lady's bedstraw , which has yellow flowers, is Galium verum . -- White bedstraw is G. mollugo .
Bedswerver Bed"swerv`er noun One who swerves from and is unfaithful to the marriage vow. [ Poetic] Shak.
Bedtick Bed"tick` noun A tick or bag made of cloth, used for inclosing the materials of a bed.
Bedtime Bed"time` noun The time to go to bed. Shak.
Beduck Be·duck" transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Beducked ] To duck; to put the head under water; to immerse. "Deep himself beducked ." Spenser.
Beduin Bed"uin noun See Bedouin .