What does the word bedding mean?

Usage examples for bedding

  1. Mattress and bedding had long since vanished. – The Wailing Octopus by Harold Leland Goodwin
  2. I was bedding him down when he kicked me with his boot. – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
  3. The sand, fine, white, and " sharp," is not only used by builders- and there is no fear of exhausting the supply- but is hauled away by farmers along shore, and housed in their barns as bedding for cattle, or to mix with heavy soils. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake