To sift (diamondiferous gravel) in a swinging sifting machine known as a baby. Usually passive.
1886J. NobleCape of G.H.: Off. Handbk 219The average quantity of maiden ground that one man can excavate per day is about one and a half loads of rough gravel and sand, which after being ‘babied,’ yield half a load of pebbles to be washed.
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