crib


crib
/krib/, n., v., cribbed, cribbing.
n.
1. a child's bed with enclosed sides.
2. a stall or pen for cattle.
3. a rack or manger for fodder, as in a stable or barn.
4. a bin for storing grain, salt, etc.
5. Informal.
a. a translation, list of correct answers, or other illicit aid used by students while reciting, taking exams, or the like; pony.
b. plagiarism.
c. a petty theft.
6. a room, closet, etc., in a factory or the like, in which tools are kept and issued to workers.
7. a shallow, separate section of a bathing area, reserved for small children.
8. any confined space.
9. Slang. a house, shop, etc., frequented by thieves or regarded by thieves as a likely place for burglarizing.
10. Building Trades, Civil Engin. any of various cellular frameworks of logs, squared timbers, or steel or concrete objects of similar form assembled in layers at right angles, often filled with earth and stones and used in the construction of foundations, dams, retaining walls, etc.
11. a barrier projecting part of the way into a river and then upward, acting to reduce the flow of water and as a storage place for logs being floated downstream.
12. a lining for a well or other shaft.
13. Slang. one's home; pad.
14. Cribbage. a set of cards made up by equal contributions from each player's hand, and belonging to the dealer.
15. a cheap, ill-kept brothel.
16. a wicker basket.
17. Brit., Australian. lunch, esp. a cold lunch carried from home to work and eaten by a laborer on the job; snack.
v.t.
18. Informal. to pilfer or steal, esp. to plagiarize (another's writings or ideas).
19. to confine in or as if in a crib.
20. to provide with a crib or cribs.
21. to line with timber or planking.
v.i.
22. Informal.
a. to use a crib in examinations, homework, translating, etc.
b. to steal; plagiarize.
23. (of a horse) to practice cribbing.
[bef. 1000; ME cribbe, OE crib(b); c. D krib, G Krippe; cf. CRÈCHE]

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 in agriculture, bin or large container for storing ear corn or other grain or a barred or slatted manger for the feeding of hay or other bulky fodder. Old-style cribs for unshelled corn, usually made of wood, have open or slat construction to ensure ventilation by the wind. Sometimes perforated clay or concrete block walls are used.

      Modern cribs, usually larger and constructed of metal, are short and cylindrical with temporary wall coverings and ducts through which air, either cold or heated, may be forced.

      Temporary cribs of snow fencing, wire mesh, or cribbed poles may be either circular or rectangular in shape. In warm regions in which it is necessary to fumigate to control insects, cribs must be built so that they can be tightly closed.

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