- Present participle of cradle.
- The woman was cradling the baby in the crook of her arm as she fed it.
- The act by which one cradles a child etc.
- The act of using a cradle (the tool).
- (coopering) The cutting of a cask into two pieces lengthwise, to enable it to pass a narrow place, the two parts being afterwards united and rehooped.
- (carpentry) The framework in arched or coved ceilings to which the laths are nailed.