swaddling clothes
noun plural Date: 1535 1. narrow strips of cloth wrapped around an infant to restrict movement 2. limitations or restrictions imposed on the immature or inexperienced

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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

  • swaddling clothes — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ cloth bands formerly wrapped round a newborn child to calm it …   English terms dictionary

  • swaddling clothes — n. 1. the long, narrow bands of cloth wrapped around a newborn baby in former times 2. rigid controls or restrictions, such as those imposed on infants, the immature, etc …   English World dictionary

  • swaddling clothes — 1. clothes consisting of long, narrow strips of cloth for swaddling an infant. 2. long garments for an infant. 3. the period of infancy or immaturity, as of a person, or incipience, as of a thing: Nuclear energy is still in its swaddling clothes …   Universalium

  • swaddling clothes — noun 1. a garment (a gown or narrow strips of cloth) for an infant • Syn: ↑swaddling bands • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypernyms: ↑garment 2. restrictions placed on the immature …   Useful english dictionary

  • swaddling clothes — noun A garment, made of strips of cloth, used to bind an infant and restrict movement of its limbs Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for… …   Wiktionary

  • swaddling clothes — /ˈswɒdlɪŋ ˌkloʊðz/ (say swodling .klohdhz) plural noun 1. clothes consisting of long, narrow strips of cloth for swaddling an infant. 2. long clothes for an infant. 3. the earliest period of existence of a person or thing; a period of infancy,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • swaddling clothes — swad′dling clothes n. pl. 1) clo Also called swad′dling bands . long, narrow strips of cloth formerly used for swaddling an infant 2) a period of infancy or immaturity 3) rigid supervision, as of the immature …   From formal English to slang

  • swaddling-clothes — swaddˈling band or swaddˈling clothes noun (Bible) A strip or strips of cloth for swaddling an infant • • • Main Entry: ↑swaddle …   Useful english dictionary

  • swaddling clothes — swad|dling clothes [ swadlıŋ ,klouðz ] noun plural cloth that people used in the past for wrapping babies in …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • swaddling clothes — swad·dling clothes || swÉ‘dlɪŋ‚kləʊðz n. diapers; restrictions …   English contemporary dictionary

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