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cribble

noun crib·ble \ˈkribəl\

Definition of cribble

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  sieve strainer

  2. 2 obsolete :  coarse flour or meal

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Origin and Etymology of cribble

Middle French crible, from Late Latin criblum, alteration of Latin cribrum


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cribble

transitive verb crib·ble \"\

Definition of cribble

cribbled

;

cribbled

;

cribbling

\-b(ə)liŋ\ ;

cribbles

  1. :  to cover (a surface) with small round holes or dots; specifically :  to make a pattern of small round punctures in (a block or plate) in engraving

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Origin and Etymology of cribble

French criblé, adjective


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