hot·bed

/ˈhɑːtˌbɛd/ noun, pl -beds [count]
: a place where something grows or develops easily : a place where something happens very commonly

The neighborhood has become a hotbed of crime. [=a place where many crimes occur]

a hotbed of research

a hotbed of political unrest


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Hot bed — Hot Hot, a. [Compar. {Hotter}; superl. {Hottest}.] [OE. hot, hat, AS. h[=a]t; akin to OS. h[=e]t, D. heet, OHG. heiz, G. heiss, Icel. heitr, Sw. het, Dan. heed, hed; cf. Goth. heit[=o] fever, hais torch. Cf. {Heat}.] 1. Having much sensible heat; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hot|bed — «HOT BEHD», noun. 1. a bed of earth covered with glass and kept warm for growing plants. Fermenting manure is often used to provide the heat. 2. Figurative. a place or atmosphere that favors the rapid growth or development of any condition,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hot bed — 1. noun A central point of activity, relating to a specific task. 2. verb Reusing sleeping quarters in shifts. The crew of the submarine quickly got used to hot bedding …   Wiktionary

  • hot bed — Metalworking. an area having rails or rolls on which rolled pieces are laid to cool. [1620 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • hot bed — Metalworking. an area having rails or rolls on which rolled pieces are laid to cool. [1620 30] …   Useful english dictionary

  • hot-bed — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hot — Hot, a. [Compar. {Hotter}; superl. {Hottest}.] [OE. hot, hat, AS. h[=a]t; akin to OS. h[=e]t, D. heet, OHG. heiz, G. heiss, Icel. heitr, Sw. het, Dan. heed, hed; cf. Goth. heit[=o] fever, hais torch. Cf. {Heat}.] 1. Having much sensible heat;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hot wall — Hot Hot, a. [Compar. {Hotter}; superl. {Hottest}.] [OE. hot, hat, AS. h[=a]t; akin to OS. h[=e]t, D. heet, OHG. heiz, G. heiss, Icel. heitr, Sw. het, Dan. heed, hed; cf. Goth. heit[=o] fever, hais torch. Cf. {Heat}.] 1. Having much sensible heat; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hot well — Hot Hot, a. [Compar. {Hotter}; superl. {Hottest}.] [OE. hot, hat, AS. h[=a]t; akin to OS. h[=e]t, D. heet, OHG. heiz, G. heiss, Icel. heitr, Sw. het, Dan. heed, hed; cf. Goth. heit[=o] fever, hais torch. Cf. {Heat}.] 1. Having much sensible heat; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bed-bunny — 1. n. a young female who will copulate with any male. □ Wally says he’s looking for a nice warm bed bunny. 2. n. a female who enjoys sex immensely. □ Wanda turned out to be a hot bed bunny even though she had seemed sort of dull …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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