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[bed-sted, -stid] /ˈbɛdˌstɛd, -stɪd/
the framework of a bed supporting the springs and a mattress.
Origin of bedstead
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English bedstede. See bed, stead Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bedstead
  • When he set his upper teeth against the iron bedstead, he heard the sound more positively.
  • The bridge is a truss leg bedstead, pony truss structure.
British Dictionary definitions for bedstead


the framework of a bed, usually including a headboard and springs but excluding the mattress and other coverings
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Word Origin and History for bedstead

c.1400, from bed (n.) + stead; strictly "the place occupied by a bed," but usually "raised stand on which a bed sits."

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bedstead in the Bible

used in Deut. 3:11, but elsewhere rendered "couch," "bed." In 2 Kings 1:4; 16:2; Ps. 132:3; Amos 3:12, the divan is meant by this word.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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