Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Bed
    Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    1. The hollow or channel of a water-course ; the depression between the banka worn by the regular and usual flow of the water. "The bed is that soil so usually covered by water as to be distinguishable from the banks by the character of the soli, or vegetation, or both, produced by the common presence and action of flowing water." Howard v. Ingersoll, 13 How. 427, 14 L. Ed. 189. And see Paine Lumber Co. v. In S. (C. C.) 55 Fed. 864; Alabama v. Georgia, 23 How. 515, 16 L. Eld. 556; Haight v. Keokuk, 4 Iowa, 213; Puiley v. Municipality No. 2, 18 La. 282; Harlan, etc., Co. v. Paschali, 5 Del. Ch. 463.
    2. The right of cohabitation or marital intercourse; as in the phrase "divorce from bed and board," or a mensa et thoro.
    —Bed of justice. In old French law. The seat or throne upon which the king sat when personally present in parliament; hence it signified the parliament itself.