Swaddling-clothes meaning

swŏd'lĭng
Strips of cloth wrapped around a newborn infant to hold its legs and arms still.
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Restrictions imposed on the immature.
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The long, narrow bands of cloth wrapped around a newborn baby in former times.
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A garment, made of strips of cloth, used to bind an infant and restrict movement of its limbs.

1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version) Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

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(idiomatic) An early period in development, infancy, the beginnings of something; inception.
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Alternative form of swaddling clothes.
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