[krib-ing] /ˈkrɪb ɪŋ/
Veterinary Medicine.. Also called crib-biting, wind-sucking. an injurious habit in which a horse bites its manger and as a result swallows air.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. a system of cribs, as for retaining earth or for a building or the like being moved or having its foundations rebuilt.
a child’s bed with enclosed sides.
a stall or pen for cattle.
a rack or manger for fodder, as in a stable or barn.
a bin for storing grain, salt, etc.
a room, closet, etc., in a factory or the like, in which tools are kept and issued to workers.
a shallow, separate section of a bathing area, reserved for small children.
any confined space.
Slang. a house, shop, etc., frequented by thieves or regarded by thieves as a likely place for burglarizing.
Building Trades, Civil Engineering. any of various cellular frameworks of logs, squared timbers, or steel or concrete objects of similar form assembled in layers at right angles, often filled with earth and stones and used in the construction of foundations, dams, retaining walls, etc.
a barrier projecting part of the way into a river and then upward, acting to reduce the flow of water and as a storage place for logs being floated downstream.
a lining for a well or other shaft.
Slang. one’s home; pad.
Cribbage. a set of cards made up by equal contributions from each player’s hand, and belonging to the dealer.
a cheap, ill-kept brothel.
a wicker basket.
British, Australian. lunch, especially a cold lunch carried from home to work and eaten by a laborer on the job; snack.
verb (used with object), cribbed, cribbing.
Informal. to pilfer or steal, especially to plagiarize (another’s writings or ideas).
to confine in or as if in a crib.
to provide with a crib or cribs.
to line with timber or planking.
verb (used without object), cribbed, cribbing.
(of a horse) to practice cribbing.
a child’s bed with slatted wooden sides; cot
a cattle stall or pen
a fodder rack or manger
a bin or granary for storing grain, etc
a small crude cottage or room
(US, informal) a house or residence
(NZ) a weekend cottage: term is South Island usage only
any small confined space
(informal) a brothel
a wicker basket
a representation of the manger in which the infant Jesus was laid at birth
(informal) a theft, esp of another’s writing or thoughts
(informal, mainly Brit) Also called (esp US) pony. a translation of a foreign text or a list of answers used by students, often illicitly, as an aid in lessons, examinations, etc
short for cribbage
(cribbage) the discard pile
Also called cribwork. a framework of heavy timbers laid in layers at right angles to one another, used in the construction of foundations, mines, etc
a storage area for floating logs contained by booms
(Austral & NZ) a packed lunch taken to work
verb cribs, cribbing, cribbed
(transitive) to put or enclose in or as if in a crib; furnish with a crib
(transitive) (informal) to steal (another’s writings or thoughts)
(intransitive) (informal) to copy either from a crib or from someone else during a lesson or examination
(transitive) to line (a construction hole) with timber beams, logs, or planks
(intransitive) (informal) to grumble
See cheat sheet
See crib sheet
Old English cribbe “manger, fodder bin in cowsheds and fields,” from a West Germanic root (cf. Old Saxon kribbia “manger;” Old Frisian and Middle Dutch kribbe; Old High German krippa, German Krippe “crib, manger”) probably related to German krebe “basket.” Meaning “child’s bed with barred sides” is 1640s; probably from frequent use in reference to the manger where infant Jesus was laid. Thieves’ slang for “dwelling house” dates to at least 1812, but late 20c. use probably is independent. The Old High German version passed to French and became creche.
“steal,” 17c. from crib (n.) in a secondary sense “a basket;” this probably also is the source of student slang meaning “plagiarize” (1778). Related: Cribbed; cribbing.
[krib-bahyt] /ˈkrɪbˌbaɪt/ verb (used without object), crib-bit, crib-bitten or crib-bit, crib-biting. Veterinary Medicine. 1. to practice cribbing. noun 1. a harmful habit of horses in which the animal leans on the manger or seizes it with the teeth and swallows a gulp of air
- Crib course
noun phrase An easy college course; gut course: Even at Stanford or Johns Hopkins the student in desperate need of a crib course can be sure to find one [1970s+ College students; fr student senses of crib]
noun 1. . noun 1. (US & Canadian) the unexplained sudden death of an infant during sleep Technical name sudden infant death syndrome Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) cot death crib death n. See sudden infant death syndrome. crib death (krĭb) See sudden infant death syndrome.
/krɪˈbɛləm/ noun (pl) -la (-lə) 1. a sievelike spinning organ in certain spiders that occurs between the spinnerets