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Friday, December 23, 2011

Definitions for swaddle

  1. To bind an infant with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement.
  2. To wrap (anything) round with bandages.
  3. A long, narrow strip of cloth used for swaddling or bandaging.

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Citations for swaddle
A child is our natural company; it is a delight to us to make a fright of it, to fondle it, to swaddle it, to dress and undress it, to cuddle it, to sing it lullabies, to cradle it, to get it up, to put it to bed, and to nourish it... Honoré de Balzac, Droll Stories
But that was a little later—just now Narlikar and Bose were tending to Ahmed Sinai's toe; midwives had been instructed to wash and swaddle the newborn pair; and now Miss Mary Pereira made her contribution. Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
Origin of swaddle
Swaddle is related to the Old English word swath meaning “a bandage or wrap.”