- framework for supporting a coved or vaulted ceiling.
Origin of cradling
- a small bed for an infant, usually on rockers.
- any of various supports for objects set horizontally, as the support for the handset of a telephone.
- the place where anything is nurtured during its early existence: Boston was the cradle of the American Revolution.
- a frame of wood with a row of long curved teeth projecting above and parallel to a scythe, for laying grain in bunches as it is cut.
- a scythe together with the cradle in which it is set.
- a wire or wicker basket used to hold a wine bottle in a more or less horizontal position while the wine is being served.
- Artillery. the part of a gun carriage on which a recoiling gun slides.
- a landing platform for ferryboats, rolling on inclined tracks to facilitate loading and unloading at different water levels.
- Aeronautics. a docklike structure in which a rigid or semirigid airship is built or is supported during inflation.
- Automotive. creeper(def 6).
- a shaped support for a boat, cast, etc.; chock.
- truss(def 9).
- a moving framework on which a hull slides down the ways when launched.
- a built-up form on which plates of irregular form are shaped.
- Medicine/Medical. a frame that prevents the bedclothes from touching an injured part of a bedridden patient.
- Mining. a box on rockers for washing sand or gravel to separate gold or other heavy metal.
- an engraver's tool for laying mezzotint grounds.
- Painting. a structure of wooden strips attached to the back of a panel, used as a support and to prevent warping.
- to hold gently or protectively.
- to place or rock in or as in an infant's cradle.
- to nurture during infancy.
- to receive or hold as a cradle.
- to cut (grain) with a cradle.
- to place (a vessel) on a cradle.
- Mining. to wash (sand or gravel) in a cradle; rock.
- Painting. to support (a panel) with a cradle.
- to lie in or as if in a cradle.
- to cut grain with a cradle scythe.
- rob the cradle, Informal. to marry, court, or date a person much younger than oneself.
Origin of cradle
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Examples from the Web for cradling
All those huddled in the background, cradling their own unheard hip-hop demos.The Best Lyrics From Daniel Day-Lewis’s Son’s Rap Song
November 20, 2013
He too is cradling an AK-47 with a huge 75-round magazine attached.We Never Kidnapped Greg Mortenson
Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai
April 18, 2011
“I know,” she said, hugging him and cradling his head against her chest.Can Mrs. Jackson Handle Michael's Kids?
July 1, 2009
One man did the cradling and another the gathering and the binding into sheaves.Rural Life and the Rural School
Cradling the radio against his chest, Brion rose to his feet.Planet of the Damned
No task save that of "cradling" surpassed in severity "binding on a station."A Son of the Middle Border
Frightened and astonished, Eveley soothed her, cradling her in her arms.Eve to the Rescue
This rocky Scandinavian peninsula was cradling the masters of the world.The Quest for a Lost Race
Thomas E. Pickett
- architect a framework of iron or wood, esp as used in the construction of a ceiling
- a baby's bed with enclosed sides, often with a hood and rockers
- a place where something originates or is nurtured during its early lifethe cradle of civilization
- the earliest period of lifethey knew each other from the cradle
- a frame, rest, or trolley made to support or transport a piece of equipment, aircraft, ship, etc
- a platform, cage, or trolley, in which workmen are suspended on the side of a building or ship
- the part of a telephone on which the handset rests when not in use
- a holder connected to a computer allowing data to be transferred from a PDA, digital camera, etc
- another name for creeper (def. 5)
- a framework of several wooden fingers attached to a scythe to gather the grain into bunches as it is cut
- a scythe equipped with such a cradle; cradle scythe
- a collar of wooden fingers that prevents a horse or cow from turning its head and biting itself
- Also called: rocker a boxlike apparatus for washing rocks, sand, etc, containing gold or gem stones
- engraving a tool that produces the pitted surface of a copper mezzotint plate before the design is engraved upon it
- a framework used to prevent the bedclothes from touching a sensitive part of an injured person
- from the cradle to the grave throughout life
- (tr) to rock or place in or as if in a cradle; hold tenderly
- (tr) to nurture in or bring up from infancy
- (tr) to replace (the handset of a telephone) on the cradle
- to reap (grain) with a cradle scythe
- (tr) to wash (soil bearing gold, etc) in a cradle
- lacrosse to keep (the ball) in the net of the stick, esp while running with it
Word Origin and History for cradling
c.1200, cradel, from Old English cradol "little bed, cot," from Proto-Germanic *kradulas "basket" (cf. Old High German kratto, krezzo "basket," German Krätze "basket carried on the back"). Cat's cradle is from 1768. Cradle-snatching "amorous pursuit of younger person" is 1925, U.S. slang.
c.1500, from cradle (n.). Related: Cradled; cradling.
- A small low bed for an infant, often furnished with rockers.
- A frame used to keep the bedclothes from pressing on an injured part.