cradle

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noun

cra·​dle ˈkrā-dᵊl How to pronounce cradle (audio)
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

cradle

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verb

cradled; cradling ˈkrād-liŋ How to pronounce cradle (audio)
ˈkrā-dᵊl-iŋ

transitive verb

1
a
: to place or keep in or as if in a cradle
b
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

Noun She placed the phone back on its cradle. A number of ships were resting in their cradles in the shipyard. Verb He cradled her face in his hands. She was cradling the injured man's head in her arms.
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Noun
In This Article Best Things to Do Best Shopping Best Nightlife Best Restaurants Best Time to Visit Neighborhoods to Visit How to Get Around Capital of Tuscany, cradle of the Renaissance, and one of Italy’s most popular destinations, Florence needs little introduction. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2024 The Neolithic blossomed in the Fertile Crescent — considered the cradle of civilization — and spread through Europe, Africa, and Asia. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for cradle 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cradle was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cradle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cradle. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

cradle

1 of 2 noun
cra·​dle ˈkrād-ᵊl How to pronounce cradle (audio)
1
: a bed for a baby usually on rockers
2
a
: a place of origin
the cradle of civilization
b
: the earliest period of life
3
: a framework or support resembling a baby's cradle in appearance or use
4
: a tool with rods like fingers attached to a scythe and used formerly for harvesting grain
5
: a rocking tool used in panning for gold
6
: a support for a telephone handset

cradle

2 of 2 verb
cradled; cradling ˈkrād-liŋ How to pronounce cradle (audio)
-ᵊl-iŋ
1
a
: to place or keep in or as if in a cradle
b
: to protect and cherish lovingly
2
: to cut grain with a cradle
3
: to wash in a miner's cradle

Medical Definition

cradle

noun
cra·​dle ˈkrād-ᵊl How to pronounce cradle (audio)
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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