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.
An example of to cradle is for a person to carry a kitten close in her arms.
The cradle of civilization.
Rocked in the cradle of the deep.
- 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.
A cradle Catholic, one's cradle language.
- to take as one's sweetheart or one's spouse a person much younger than oneself
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of cradle
- Middle English cradel from Old English
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English cradol.