crib·​bing ˈkri-biŋ How to pronounce cribbing (audio)
: material for use in making a crib
: a vice of horses in which they grasp a solid object (such as a stall door) with their teeth and gulp air

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In a televised interview with Katie Couric, Viswanathan acknowledged the similarities but claimed any cribbing was unintentional. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2022 Moments later the fire department arrived on the scene successfully stabilizing the machinery with cribbing and airbags while providing medical attention to the patient. John Benson, cleveland, 24 Sep. 2021 Since the bell’s cribbing, Kalicky had wanted to restore its full function but more pressing repairs and restorations to the church always took precedence. Carrie Napoleon,, 26 Mar. 2021 At that moment, a bear’s head popped up from behind the cribbing. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, 22 Dec. 2020 The bear picked around the loose bait that was scattered across the ground in front of the cribbing logs. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, 22 Dec. 2020 Firefighters used hydraulic rams and wood cribbing to help free the woman's arm, the fire department said in a Facebook post. Robert Rhoden,, 12 Apr. 2018 Inflatable air bags were used along with wooden blocks, known as cribbing, to free the victim after the morning crash in the 2600 block of Virginia Avenue, near the Watergate complex. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2018 The show, cribbing from recent-enough history to build a narrative of increasingly high dudgeon, is rigorous about its devotion to aesthetic and to its big ideas about culture and society. Daniel D'addario, Time, 11 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cribbing was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Cribbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


crib·​bing ˈkrib-iŋ How to pronounce cribbing (audio)
: a habit of horses in which they grasp a solid object (such as a stall door) with their teeth and gulp air

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