hot bed

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hot bed (plural hot beds)

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  1. A mass of organic matter decomposing and giving off heat from microbial metabolic action.
  2. A garden bed using such a heat-generating mass; a hotbox.
  3. A central point of activity, relating to a specific task.
  4. A bed shared by workers, sailors, or soldiers operating in shifts (named for the idea that it is still warm when the next occupant gets into it).


hot bed (third-person singular simple present hot beds, present participle hot bedding, simple past and past participle hot bedded)

  1. Reusing sleeping quarters in shifts.
    The crew of the submarine quickly got used to hot bedding.
  2. To farm using hotbeds for season extension.