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cradle

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noun cra·dle \ ˈkrā-dᵊl \

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: such as
(1) :a framework of bars and rods
(2) :the support for a telephone receiver or handset
(3) :a charging station for a device (such as a smartphone or tablet)
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 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.

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Origin and Etymology of cradle

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

cradle Synonyms

Synonyms
birthplace, home, mother country, motherland
Related Words
hometown; Blighty [chiefly British], country, nativity, old country, roots

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms


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cradle

verb

Definition of cradle

cradled; cradling play \ˈkrād-liŋ, ˈkrā-dᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :to place or keep in or as if in a cradle
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 in a Sentence

  1. He cradled her face in his hands.

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

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First Known Use of cradle

15th century



CRADLE Defined for English Language Learners

cradle

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noun

Definition of cradle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


cradle

verb

Definition of cradle for English Language Learners

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


CRADLE Defined for Kids

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cradle

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noun cra·dle \ ˈkrā-dᵊl \

Definition of cradle for Students

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

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cradle

verb

Definition of cradle for Students

cradled; cradling
: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 :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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