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tr.v. swad·dled, swad·dling, swad·dles
1. To wrap, as in cloth: He stood on the sidewalk, swaddled in a blanket.
2. To wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes.
3. To wrap or bind in bandages; swathe.
A band or cloth used for swaddling.
[Middle English swadlen, probably back-formation from swadling (band), swaddling (cloth), or swathelbonde, both from *swathelen, probably frequentative of Old English swathian, to swathe.]
1. (Medicine) to wind a bandage round
2. (Clothing & Fashion) to wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes
3. to restrain as if by wrapping with bandages; smother
(Clothing & Fashion) chiefly US swaddling clothes
[C15: from Old English swæthel swaddling clothes; related to swathian to swathe]
v. -dled, -dling,
1. to bind (a newborn infant) with swaddling clothes to prevent free movement.
2. to wrap (anything) round with bandages.n.
3. a long, narrow strip of cloth used for swaddling.
Past participle: swaddled
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|Verb||1.||swaddle - wrap in swaddling clothes; "swaddled the infant"|
bind - make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; "The Chinese would bind the feet of their women"