from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of crib.
  • n. The members used to build a (structural) crib, usually of timbers or logs, but also of concrete, steel or even plastic; cribwork.
  • n. As a whole, the heavy structure built to support an existing structure from underneath, as with a mineshaft or when raising a building off its foundation, as for moving to another location,
  • n. The cribbing used to support anything from below or on a side, as with a retaining wall, or to prop up a piece of heavy machinery.
  • n. A self-injurious tendency of certain horses to swallow air while slobbering and biting onto objects in and about their enclosure and regarded as an equine form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of inclosing or confining in a crib or in close quarters.
  • n. Purloining; stealing; plagiarizing.
  • n. A framework of timbers and plank backing for a shaft lining, to prevent caving, percolation of water, etc.
  • n. A vicious habit of a horse; crib-biting. The horse lays hold of the crib or manger with his teeth and draws air into the stomach with a grunting sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as crib, 11.
  • n. Same as crib-biting.


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  • Pity we don't have a list for animal obsessive-compulsive disorders.

    August 9, 2012

  • A lot of horses do this.

    August 9, 2012