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HOTBED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hotbed mean? 

HOTBED (noun)
  The noun HOTBED has 2 senses:

1. a situation that is ideal for rapid development (especially of something bad)
2. a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants

  Familiarity information: HOTBED used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HOTBED (noun)


Sense 1hotbed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

it was a hotbed of vice

Hypernyms ("hotbed" is a kind of...):

situation; state of affairs (the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time)


Sense 2hotbed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("hotbed" is a kind of...):

bed (a plot of ground in which plants are growing)


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