Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nursing infant or young animal.
  • n. A carefully nurtured person or thing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young child or animal being nursed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, is nursed; an infant; a fondling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which is nursed; an infant; a child; a fondling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an infant considered in relation to its nurse

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Examples

  • You should know best, but is it suitable to term the nursling and the parent by the same title?

    Girlhood and Womanhood The Story of some Fortunes and Misfortunes

  • And with an earnest credulity, which contained the germ of purest faith, she, remembering the mother's dream, called her nursling by the name of Olive.

    Olive A Novel

  • It is a decision that you alone can make, taking the needs of yourself and your nursling into account.

    » Weaning, Partial Weaning and Mixed Feelings Strocel.com

  • As the mother of two-out-of-three kids with food allergies, I miss not only eating what I want when I want, but also not having to do a mental inventory of all the ingredients in each mouthful of food to judge whether or not my nursling will have a reaction. (sigh)

    10 Things To Do Before You Become A Parent | Her Bad Mother

  • Having my nursling there made me feel so split as well.

    That’s Me In The Corner | Her Bad Mother

  • In my ignorance, I had not thought to wonder what a nursing mother does if deprived of her nursling.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • As the mother of two-out-of-three kids with food allergies, I miss not only eating what I want when I want, but also not having to do a mental inventory of all the ingredients in each mouthful of food to judge whether or not my nursling will have a reaction. sigh

    10 Things To Do Before You Become A Parent

  • She uttered these words with an affectionate and anxious tone, which showed, that devotional as were the habitual exercises of her mind, the thoughts of her nursling yet bound her to earth with the cords of human affection and passion.

    The Abbot

  • He has ceased now to be parochial; he is a nursling of the World and Time.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Thereupon his father abused him and reviled him and cried, Woe to thee, thou son of adultery and nursling of abomination!

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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