- clothes consisting of long, narrow strips of cloth for swaddling an infant.
- long garments for an infant.
- the period of infancy or immaturity, as of a person, or incipience, as of a thing: Nuclear energy is still in its swaddling clothes.
- rigid supervision or restriction of actions or movements, as of the immature: new nations that are freeing themselves of their swaddling clothes.
Origin of swaddling clothes
Examples from the Web for swaddling-bands
Historical Examples of swaddling-bands
I myself was thought beautiful by the women at one time—when I was in my swaddling-bands.Romola
Since the time was ripe, Wahaska did presently burst its swaddling-bands.The Price
He rises girt in the swaddling-bands of the tomb, once more to walk in the light of the living.Memories of Bethany
John Ross Macduff
The art of advertising being then in its swaddling-bands, this specimen of it struck its hearers as really creditable.Gideon's Band
George W. Cable
Lay aside the swaddling-bands of your imperfections, conform your lives to the highest ideals of uprightness and truth.Delsarte System of Oratory
- long strips of linen or other cloth formerly wrapped round a newly born baby
- restrictions or supervision imposed on the immature