to bind (an infant, especially a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes.
to wrap (anything) round with bandages.
a long, narrow strip of cloth used for swaddling or bandaging.
- un·swad·dled, adjective
- un·swad·dling, adjective
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How to use swaddle in a sentence
They are machine-washable, cotton swaddles that can double as baby blankets, car seat covers, and more.Swaddles to keep your little one cozy and comfortable | PopSci Commerce Team | January 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
Measuring 16 x 64 inches, these swaddles will fit your new little life perfectly.Swaddles to keep your little one cozy and comfortable | PopSci Commerce Team | January 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
The English approach is to swaddle any attacks with disarming self-deprecation.
The swaddle is a piece of stout cloth about a yard square, to one corner of which is attached a long narrow band.The Syrian Christ | Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
They take a live man, let us say Sergey Golovin, they swaddle him as a doll and they hang him by the neck until he is dead.The Seven who were Hanged | Leonid Andreyev
The one thing she would not buy was a sewing machine to make her own swaddle with, as Ilse economically counselled.The Pastor's Wife | Elizabeth von Arnim
There would be sad screaming and kicking were I to swaddle mine in stone-work.Imaginary Conversations and Poems | Walter Savage Landor
Come, come, strap and string down; swaddle it round wi' sax dizzen o' wheelbands, and fasten a steel-belted fur cap ower aboon a'.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3) | James Hogg
British Dictionary definitions for swaddle
to wind a bandage round
to wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes
to restrain as if by wrapping with bandages; smother
mainly US swaddling clothes
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