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.
- Also called swaddling bands (for defs. 1, 2).
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How to use swaddling clothes in a sentence
I reached for the things—swaddling clothes I called them—and Severnius helped me to array myself in them.Unveiling a Parallel | Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
When opened for the purpose of grasping the sugar, the body, which is hollow, discloses the image of a baby in swaddling clothes.Curious Church Customs | Various
Otherwise, he is reduced to a state of mental infancy, and kept in intellectual swaddling clothes.When the Holy Ghost is Come | S. L. Brengle
The new life of science was feeble at first, and remained long in its swaddling clothes.
I have yet to hear of the birth of this infant navy, for which we have not yet begun to make swaddling clothes.Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for swaddling clothes
long strips of linen or other cloth formerly wrapped round a newly born baby
restrictions or supervision imposed on the immature
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