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  1. present participle of crib


cribbing (countable and uncountable, plural cribbings)

  1. The members used to build a (structural) crib, usually of timbers or logs, but also of concrete, steel or even plastic; cribwork.
  2. As a whole, the heavy structure built to support an existing structure from underneath, as with a mineshaft or when raising a building off its foundation, as for moving to another location,
    After the Loma Prieta earthquake, they had to put cribbing under portions of San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway, for fear it would collapse.
    • US Army Corps of Engineers site
      If the structure is to be raised in place without relocation, once it is raised to the desired elevation the jacks are replaced with timber cribbing.
  3. The cribbing used to support anything from below or on a side, as with a retaining wall, or to prop up a piece of heavy machinery.
  4. (ethology, equestrianism) A self-injurious tendency of certain horses to swallow air while slobbering and biting onto objects in and about their enclosure; cribbing and windsucking are regarded as equine forms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  5. An act of plagiarism.
    • 1976, Bernice Rose, Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.), Drawing Now (issue 2, page 19)
      [] cribbings from Leonardo's notebooks []