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cradle

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noun cra·dle \ˈkrā-dəl\

Simple Definition of cradle

  • : a bed for a baby that is usually designed to rock back and forth when pushed gently

  • : the place where something begins

  • : something that is used to hold or support something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cradle

  1. 1 a :  a bed or cot for a baby usually on rockers or pivots b :  a framework or support suggestive of a baby's cradle: as (1) :  a framework of bars and rods (2) :  the support for a telephone receiver or handset c :  an implement with rods like fingers attached to a scythe and used formerly for harvesting grain d :  a frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with an injured part of the body

  2. 2 a :  the earliest period of life :  infancy <from the cradle to the grave> b :  a place of origin <the cradle of civilization>

  3. 3 :  a rocking device used in panning for gold

Examples of cradle in a sentence

  1. She placed the phone back on its cradle.

  2. A number of ships were resting in their cradles in the shipyard.



Origin and Etymology of cradle

Middle English cradel, from Old English cradol; perhaps akin to Old High German kratto basket, Sanskrit grantha knot


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms


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cradle

verb cra·dle

Simple Definition of cradle

  • : to hold (something or someone) gently in your arms or hands

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cradle

cradled

cradling

play \ˈkrād-liŋ, ˈkrā-dəl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to place or keep in or as if in a cradle b :  shelter, rear c :  to support protectively or intimately <cradling the injured man's head in her arms>

  3. 2 :  to cut (grain) with a cradle scythe

  4. 3 :  to place, raise, support, or transport on a cradle

  5. intransitive verb
  6. obsolete :  to rest in or as if in a cradle

Examples of cradle in a sentence

  1. He cradled her face in his hands.

  2. She was cradling the injured man's head in her arms.



15th Century

First Known Use of cradle

15th century

Rhymes with cradle



CRADLE Defined for Kids

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cradle

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noun cra·dle \ˈkrā-dəl\

Definition of cradle for Students

  1. 1 :  a baby's bed usually on rockers

  2. 2 :  place of beginning <the cradle of civilization>

  3. 3 :  the earliest period of life <I was pampered from the cradle.>

  4. 4 :  a framework or support resembling a baby's bed in appearance or use <a phone's cradle>




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cradle

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verb cra·dle

Definition of cradle for Students

cradled

cradling

  1. :  to hold or support in or as if in a cradle <She cradled my head in her arms.>




Medical Dictionary

cradle

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noun cra·dle \ˈkrād-əl\

Medical Definition of cradle

  1. 1:  a bed or cot for a baby usually on rockers or pivots

  2. 2a:  a frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with an injured part of the bodyb:  a frame placed on the neck of an animal to keep it from biting an injury or sore





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