- 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 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.
verb (used with object), cra·dled, cra·dling.
verb (used without object), cra·dled, cra·dling.
Origin of cradle
Related formscra·dler, nounun·cra·dled, adjective
Examples from the Web for cradle
His books include Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II and a novel, Last of the Red Hot Poppas.
Both Linda Perilstein, executive director of Cradle of Hope, and Leslie Case of Spence-Chapin, both declined to comment.Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids|Tina Traster|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Doctors would not let the Cradle of Civilization come to this.
When it comes to art, we are taught from the cradle that copying is wrong.There’s Nothing Wrong—and a Lot That’s Right—About Copying Other Artists|Malcolm Jones|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The hand that rocks the cradle, moves the world,” as Breivik said to the forensic psychiatrists.What Made Anders Behring Breivik a Mass Killer in Norway?|Aage Borchgrevink|November 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This unpretentious spot of Italian soil was to prove the cradle of the revolutioniser of Italy's national music-drama.Verdi: Man and Musician|Frederick James Crowest
Having collected enough for his purpose, he set to work to manufacture a cradle sufficiently large to contain the captain.The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy|W.H.G. Kingston
It cut wheat that could not be cut with McCormick's reaper or a cradle.Obed Hussey|Various
I saw the cradle overturned, and looked under it for the baby.Hilda Wade|Grant Allen
Although Hans was now two years old, he still had a cradle, which served as a bed at night, and as a means of quieting him by day.Gritli's Children|Johanna Spyri
British Dictionary definitions for cradle
- 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
Derived Formscradler, noun
Word Origin for cradle
Medicine definitions for cradle
Idioms and Phrases with cradle
see from the cradle to the grave; rob the cradle.