Definitions for hotbedˈhɒtˌbɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hot•bedˈhɒtˌbɛd(n.)

  1. a boxlike glass structure covering a bed of earth that is heated by electric cables or fermenting manure, for growing plants out of season.

    Category: Botany

  2. a place or environment favoring rapid growth or spread, esp. of something unwanted.

Origin of hotbed:

1620–30

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hotbed(noun)

    a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad)

    "it was a hotbed of vice"

  2. hotbed(noun)

    a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants

Wiktionary

  1. hotbed(Noun)

    a low bed of earth covered with glass, and heated with rotting manure; used for the germination of seeds and the growth of tender plants. A hotbed works as a miniature hothouse, i.e. greenhouse.

  2. hotbed(Noun)

    an environment that is ideal for the growth or development of something, especially of something undesirable

  3. Origin: From hot + bed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hotbed(noun)

    a bed of earth heated by fermenting manure or other substances, and covered with glass, intended for raising early plants, or for nourishing exotics

  2. Hotbed(noun)

    a place which favors rapid growth or development; as, a hotbed of sedition

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