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1cradle

noun cra·dle \ˈkrā-dəl\

: 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

Full Definition of CRADLE

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
a :  the earliest period of life :  infancy <from the cradle to the grave>
b :  a place of origin <the cradle of civilization>
3
:  a rocking device used in panning for gold

Examples of CRADLE

  1. She placed the phone back on its cradle.
  2. A number of ships were resting in their cradles in the shipyard.

Origin 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

Related to CRADLE

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee

Rhymes with CRADLE

2cradle

verb

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

cra·dledcra·dling \ˈkrād-liŋ, ˈkrā-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of CRADLE

transitive verb
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>
2
:  to cut (grain) with a cradle scythe
3
:  to place, raise, support, or transport on a cradle
intransitive verb
obsolete :  to rest in or as if in a cradle

Examples of CRADLE

  1. He cradled her face in his hands.
  2. She was cradling the injured man's head in her arms.

First Known Use of CRADLE

15th century

Rhymes with CRADLE

CRADLES Defined for Kids

1cradle

noun cra·dle \ˈkrā-dəl\

Definition of CRADLE for Kids

1
:  a baby's bed usually on rockers
2
:  place of beginning <the cradle of civilization>
3
:  the earliest period of life <I was pampered from the cradle.>
4
:  a framework or support resembling a baby's bed in appearance or use <a phone's cradle>

2cradle

verb
cra·dledcra·dling

Definition of CRADLE for Kids

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

cradle

noun cra·dle \ˈkrād-əl\

Medical Definition of CRADLE

1
:  a bed or cot for a baby usually on rockers or pivots
2
a :  a frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with an injured part of the body b :  a frame placed on the neck of an animal to keep it from biting an injury or sore

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