Cradle meaning

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The definition of a cradle is a small, low bed for a baby, or the earliest period of life.

An example of a cradle is what a newborn sleeps in.

An example of the cradle is the place where society started, the cradle of German society.

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A small low bed for an infant, often furnished with rockers.
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A boxlike device furnished with rockers, used for washing gold-bearing dirt.
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To reap (grain) with a cradle.
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Cradle is defined as to put in a low bed for an infant or to hold in a protective manner.

An example of to cradle is for a person to carry a kitten close in her arms.

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To place or support (a ship, for example) in a cradle.
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To wash (gold-bearing dirt) in a cradle.
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A baby's small bed, usually on rockers.
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The earliest period of one's life; infancy.
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The place of a thing's beginning or early development.

The cradle of civilization.

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(old poet.) A place of rest.

Rocked in the cradle of the deep.

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Anything resembling a cradle or used somewhat like a cradle, as for holding or rocking.
  • Wooden or metal framework to support or lift a boat, ship, aircraft, etc. that is being built or repaired.
  • The support on which the handset of a telephone (cradle telephone) rests when not in use.
  • (agric.) A frame fastened to a scythe (cradle scythe) so that the grain can be laid evenly as it is cut.
  • (med.) A frame for keeping bedclothes from touching an injured limb, etc.
  • (mining) A boxlike device on rockers, for washing the gold out of gold-bearing sand.
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To place, rock, or hold in or as in a cradle.
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To take care of in infancy; nurture.
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To cut (grain) with a cradle scythe.
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(mining) To wash (gold-bearing sand) in a cradle.
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(obs.) To lie in or as in a cradle.
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From birth or by way of upbringing.

A cradle Catholic, one's cradle language.

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A holder into which a portable device is placed. Cradles typically have a plug or socket that matches up with the connector on the unit. The term often refers to cradles in a dock that hold smartphones and tablets for transferring content and charging. Cradles are also used to charge the removable batteries in digital cameras and cordless hand tools. See Apple dock, Android dock and HDD cradle.
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A bed or cot for a baby, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.
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(figuratively) The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.

A cradle of crime.

The cradle of liberty.

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(figuratively) Infancy, or very early life.

From the cradle to the grave.

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An implement consisting of a broad scythe for cutting grain, with a set of long fingers parallel to the scythe, designed to receive the grain, and to lay it evenly in a swath.
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A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
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A framework of timbers, or iron bars, moving upon ways or rollers, used to support, lift, or carry ships or other vessels, heavy guns, etc., as up an inclined plane, or across a strip of land, or in launching a ship.
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A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
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A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the sensitive parts of an injured person.
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(mining) A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.
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(mining) A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
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(carpentry) A ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.

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(nautical) A basket or apparatus in which, when a line has been made fast to a wrecked ship from the shore, the people are brought off from the wreck.

The cradle was ill-made. One victim fell into the sea and was lost and the ensuing delay cost three more lives.

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A rest for the receiver of a telephone, or for certain computer hardware.

He slammed the handset into the cradle.

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(contact juggling) A hand position allowing a contact ball to be held steadily on the back of the hand.
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To contain in or as if in a cradle.
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To rock (a baby to sleep).
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To wrap protectively.
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To lull or quieten, as if by rocking.
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To nurse or train in infancy.
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(lacrosse) To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.
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To cut and lay (grain) with a cradle.
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To transport a vessel by means of a cradle.
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A low flat framework that rolls on casters, used by a mechanic working beneath an automobile.
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The part of a telephone that contains the connecting switch upon which the receiver and mouthpiece unit is supported.
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rob the cradle
  • to take as one's sweetheart or one's spouse a person much younger than oneself
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Origin of cradle

  • Middle English cradel from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English cradol.

    From Wiktionary