tr.v. swad·dled, swad·dling, swad·dles
1. To wrap or bind in bandages; swathe.
2. To wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes.
3. To restrain or restrict.
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.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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
[from Old English swæthel swaddling clothes; related to swathian to swathe]
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