1. verb
Present participle of crib.
2. noun
a) The members used to build a (structural) crib, usually of timbers or logs, but also of concrete, steel or even plastic; cribwork.

After the Loma Prieta earthquake, they had to put cribbing under portions of San Franciscos Embaracadero Freeway, for fear it would collapse.

b) 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,

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. [ US Army Corps of Engineers site]

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  • Cribbing — Crib bing (kr?b b?ng), n. 1. The act of inclosing or confining in a crib or in close quarters. [1913 Webster] 2. Purloining; stealing; plagiarizing. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 3. (Mining) A framework of timbers and plank backing for a shaft lining …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cribbing — [krib′iŋ] n. 1. the action of one that cribs 2. something cribbed 3. a timber framework lining a mine shaft 4. CRIB BITING …   English World dictionary

  • Cribbing — Crib Crib, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cribbed} (kr[i^]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cribbing}.] 1. To shut up or confine in a narrow habitation; to cage; to cramp. [1913 Webster] If only the vital energy be not cribbed or cramped. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] Now …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cribbing — noun Date: 1841 1. material for use in making a crib 2. a vice of horses in which they grasp a solid object (as a stall door) with their teeth and gulp air …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cribbing — /krib ing/, n. 1. Vet. Med. Also called crib biting, wind sucking. an injurious habit in which a horse bites its manger and as a result swallows air. 2. Mining. a. a timber lining, closely spaced, as in a shaft or raise. b. pieces of timber for… …   Universalium

  • cribbing — crib·bing krib iŋ n a vice of horses characterized by gnawing (as at a manger) while slobbering and salivating * * * crib·bing (kribґing) a nervous habit of some horses consisting of grasping the manger or another object with the incisor teeth,… …   Medical dictionary

  • cribbing — When a horse chews on wood on a regular basis (i.e wood stall or fence) …   Equestrian sports dictionary

  • cribbing — krɪb n. small bed for a baby; feed rack for animals; stall; plagiarism; translation v. steal; imprison; place in a crib; copy, plagiarize; practice crib biting (of a horse) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cribbing — crib•bing [[t]ˈkrɪb ɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) vet an injurious habit in which a horse bites its manger and as a result swallows air 2) min a timber lining, closely spaced, as in a mineshaft or raise • Etymology: 1635–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • Cribbing — F/A/V Short pieces of lumber which are used for various grip purposes. (Grip/Lighting) PP Short pieces of lumber used for various grip purposes …   Audio and video glossary

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