American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bed with high sides for a young child or baby.
- n. A small building, usually with slatted sides, for storing corn.
- n. A rack or trough for fodder; a manger.
- n. A stall for cattle.
- n. A small crude cottage or room.
- n. Slang One's home.
- n. A framework to support or strengthen a mine or shaft.
- n. A wicker basket.
- n. A petty theft.
- n. Plagiarism.
- n. See pony.
- n. Games A set of cards made up from discards by each player in cribbage, used by the dealer.
- v. To confine in or as if in a crib.
- v. To furnish with a crib.
- v. To plagiarize (an idea or answer, for example).
- v. To steal.
- v. To plagiarize; cheat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The manger or rack of a stable or house for cattle; a feeding-place for cattle; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, a representation of the manger in which Christ was born. See bambino.
- n. A stall for oxen or other cattle; a pen for cattle.
- n. A small frame with inclosed sides for a child's bed. A small chamber; a small lodging or habitation.
- n. A situation; a place or position: as, a snug crib.
- n. A house, shop, warehouse, or public house.
- n. A box or bin for storing grain, salt, etc. See corn-crib.
- n. A lockup.
- n. A solid structure of timber or logs (see cribwork) secured under water to serve as a wharf, jetty, dike, or other support or barrier; also, a foundation so made with the superstructure raised upon it, as the crib in Lake Michigan from which water is supplied to Chicago.
- n. A solidly built floating foundation or support.
- n. An inner lining of a shaft, consisting of a frame of timbers and a backing of planks, used to keep the earth from caving in, prevent water from trickling through, etc. Also called cribbing.
- n. A reel for winding yarn.
- n. A division of a raft of staves, containing a thousand staves.
- n. In the game of cribbage, a set of cards made up of two thrown from the hand of each player. See cribbage.
- n. A theft, or the thing stolen; specifically, anything copied from an author without acknowledgment.
- n. A literal translation of a classic author for the illegitimate use of students.
- n. The bowl or trap of a pound-net.
- To shut or confine as in a crib; cage; coop.
- To line with timbers or planking: said of a shaft or pit.
- To pilfer; purloin; steal.
- To translate (a passage from a classic) by means of a crib. See crib, n., 16.
- To be confined in or to a crib.
- To make use of cribs in translating. See crib, n., 16.
- n. Short for cribble.
- To make up (logs, boards, or staves) into small rafts or cribs to be united later into a large raft.
- n. US A baby’s bed (British and Australasian cot) with high, often slatted, often moveable sides, suitable for a child who has outgrown a cradle or bassinet.
- n. UK A bed for a child older than a baby.
- n. nautical A small sleeping berth in a packet ship or other small vessel
- n. A wicker basket; compare Moses basket.
- n. A manger, a feeding trough for animals elevated off the earth or floor, especially one for fodder such as hay.
- n. The baby Jesus and the manger in a creche or Nativity scene, consisting of statues of Mary, Joseph and various other characters such as the magi.
- n. A bin for drying or storing grain, as with a corn crib.
- n. A small room or covered structure, especially one of rough construction, used for storage or penning animals.
- n. A confined space, as with a cage or office-cubicle
- n. obsolete A job, a position; (British), an appointment.
- n. A hovel, a roughly constructed building best suited to the shelter of animals but used for human habitation.
- n. slang One’s residence, or where one normally hangs out.
- n. A boxy structure traditionally built of heavy wooden timbers, to support an existing structure from below, as with a mineshaft or a building being raised off its foundation in preparation for being moved; see cribbing.
- n. usually plural A collection of quotes or references for use in speaking, for for assembling a written document, or as an aid to a project of some sort; a crib sheet.
- n. obsolete A minor theft, extortion or embezzlement, with or without criminal intent.
- n. cribbage : Short for the card game cribbage.
- n. cribbage : The cards discarded by players and used by the dealer.
- n. cryptography A known piece of information corresponding to a section of encrypted text, that is then used to work out the remaining sections.
- n. New Zealand, southern A small holiday home, often near a beach and of simple construction.
- n. Australia, New Zealand A packed lunch taken to work.
- v. transitive To place or confine in a crib.
- v. intransitive To collect one or more passages and/or references for use in a speech, written document or as an aid for some task; to create a crib sheet.
- v. intransitive To install timber supports, as with cribbing.
- v. transitive, obsolete To steal or embezzle, to cheat out of: petty thieving.
- v. India To complain, to grumble
- v. To crowd together, or to be confined, as if in a crib or in narrow accommodations.
- v. intransitive, of a horse To seize the manger or other solid object with the teeth and draw in wind.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A manger or rack; a feeding place for animals.
- n. A stall for oxen or other cattle.
- n. A small inclosed bedstead or cot for a child.
- n. A box or bin, or similar wooden structure, for storing grain, salt, etc..
- n. A hovel; a hut; a cottage.
- n. (Mining) A structure or frame of timber for a foundation, or for supporting a roof, or for lining a shaft.
- n. A structure of logs to be anchored with stones; -- used for docks, pier, dams, etc.
- n. Canada A small raft of timber.
- n. colloq. A small theft; anything purloined; a plagiarism; hence, a translation or key, etc., to aid a student in preparing or reciting his lessons.
- n. Cant A miner's luncheon.
- n. (Card Playing) The discarded cards which the dealer can use in scoring points in cribbage.
- v. To shut up or confine in a narrow habitation; to cage; to cramp.
- v. colloq. To pilfer or purloin; hence, to steal from an author; to appropriate; to plagiarize.
- v. rare To crowd together, or to be confined, as in a crib or in narrow accommodations.
- v. College Cant To make notes for dishonest use in recitation or examination.
- v. To seize the manger or other solid object with the teeth and draw in wind; -- said of a horse.
- v. use a crib, as in an exam
- n. a bin or granary for storing grains
- n. the cards discarded by players at cribbage
- n. baby bed with high sides made of slats
- v. take unauthorized (intellectual material)
- n. a literal translation used in studying a foreign language (often used illicitly)
- n. a card game (usually for two players) in which each player is dealt six cards and discards one or two
- v. line with beams or planks
- From Old English cribb ("manger, stall"), from West Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Dutch krib, German Krippe ("rack, crib"). The sense of ‘stealing, taking notes, plagiarize’ seems to have developed out of the verb. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, manger, from Old English cribb. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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