Swaddling
Swaddle Swad"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swaddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swaddling}.] 1. To bind as with a bandage; to bind or warp tightly with clothes; to swathe; -- used esp. of infants; as, to swaddle a baby. [1913 Webster]

They swaddled me up in my nightgown with long pieces of linen. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To beat; to cudgel. [Obs.] --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Swaddling — Swad dling, a. & n. from {Swaddle}, v. [1913 Webster] {Swaddling band}, {Swaddling cloth}, or {Swaddling clout}, a band or cloth wrapped round an infant, especially round a newborn infant. [1913 Webster] Ye shall find the babe wrapped in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swaddling — Origin and history Mothers have swaddled their babies throughout history. Archaeological records suggest that swaddling first developed around 4000 B.C. in Central Asia with use of the back pack cradle board by migrating peoples. As… …   Wikipedia

  • swaddling — I. noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English swadeling, swatheling act of swaddling, from gerund of swadelen, swathelen to swaddle 1. : swaddling clothes usually used in plural changed the swaddlings on a baby R.P.Warren 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • swaddling — noun a) The practice of wrapping infants in clothing that restricts movement. b) Clothing of this kind …   Wiktionary

  • swaddling — swad·dling || swÉ‘dlɪŋ / swÉ’d n. act of wrapping an infant snugly in cloths or blankets swad·dle || swÉ‘dl / swÉ’dl v. closely wrap an infant in cloths or blankets; wrap in cloths or bandages …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Swaddling — bands medieval to end of 18th century long bandages for wrapping around the body and limbs of an infant giving it the appearance of a mummy. T …   Medieval glossary

  • Swaddling band — Swaddling Swad dling, a. & n. from {Swaddle}, v. [1913 Webster] {Swaddling band}, {Swaddling cloth}, or {Swaddling clout}, a band or cloth wrapped round an infant, especially round a newborn infant. [1913 Webster] Ye shall find the babe wrapped… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swaddling cloth — Swaddling Swad dling, a. & n. from {Swaddle}, v. [1913 Webster] {Swaddling band}, {Swaddling cloth}, or {Swaddling clout}, a band or cloth wrapped round an infant, especially round a newborn infant. [1913 Webster] Ye shall find the babe wrapped… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swaddling clout — Swaddling Swad dling, a. & n. from {Swaddle}, v. [1913 Webster] {Swaddling band}, {Swaddling cloth}, or {Swaddling clout}, a band or cloth wrapped round an infant, especially round a newborn infant. [1913 Webster] Ye shall find the babe wrapped… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swaddling clothes — swaddling .clothes n [plural] old use large pieces of cloth that people used to wrap around babies to keep them warm and protect them …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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