Crib

Definition of Crib

Pronunciation: krĭbd
n.1.
1.A manger or rack; a feeding place for animals.
The steer lion at one crib shall meet.
- Pope.
2.A stall for oxen or other cattle.
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean.
- Prov. xiv. 4.
3.A small inclosed bedstead or cot for a child.
4.A box or bin, or similar wooden structure, for storing grain, salt, etc.; as, a crib for corn or oats.
5.A hovel; a hut; a cottage.
Why rather, Sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs, . . .
Than in the perfumed chambers of the great?
- Shak.
6.(Mining) A structure or frame of timber for a foundation, or for supporting a roof, or for lining a shaft.
7.A structure of logs to be anchored with stones; - used for docks, pier, dams, etc.
8.A small raft of timber.
9.A small theft; anything purloined; a plagiarism; hence, a translation or key, etc., to aid a student in preparing or reciting his lessons.
The Latin version technically called a crib.
- Ld. Lytton.
Occasional perusal of the Pagan writers, assisted by a crib.
- Wilkie Collins.
10.A miner's luncheon.
11.(Card Playing) The discarded cards which the dealer can use in scoring points in cribbage.
v. t.1.To shut up or confine in a narrow habitation; to cage; to cramp.
[imp. & p. p. Cribbed (krĭbd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cribbing.]
If only the vital energy be not cribbed or cramped.
- I. Taylor.
Now I am cabin'd, cribbed, confined.
- Shak.
2.To pilfer or purloin; hence, to steal from an author; to appropriate; to plagiarize; as, to crib a line from Milton.
Child, being fond of toys, cribbed the necklace.
- Dickens.
v. i.1.To crowd together, or to be confined, as in a crib or in narrow accommodations.
Who sought to make . . . bishops to crib in a Presbyterian trundle bed.
- Gauden.
2.To make notes for dishonest use in recitation or examination.
3.To seize the manger or other solid object with the teeth and draw in wind; - said of a horse.

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