from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To wrap or bind in bandages; swathe.
- transitive v. To wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes.
- transitive v. To restrain or restrict.
- n. A band or cloth used for swaddling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bind (a baby) with long narrow strips of cloth.
- v. To beat; cudgel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything used to swaddle with, as a cloth or band; a swaddling band.
- transitive v. To bind as with a bandage; to bind or warp tightly with clothes; to swathe; -- used esp. of infants.
- transitive v. To beat; to cudgel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bandage or long strip of cloth used for wrapping a child, or for bandaging in any similar manner; a swaddling-band.
- To bind with long and narrow bandages, or as if with bandages; swathe: said especially of young children, who are still bandaged in this manner in many parts of Europe to prevent them from using their limbs freely, owing to a fancy that those who are left free in infancy become deformed.
- To beat; cudgel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. wrap in swaddling clothes
Middle English swadlen, probably back-formation from swadling (band), swaddling (cloth), or swathelbonde, both from *swathelen, probably frequentative of Old English swathian, to swathe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)