- 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 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.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
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
October 30, 2014
Doctors would not let the Cradle of Civilization come to this.Mosul's Civilization and Its Discontents
June 14, 2014
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
January 26, 2014
“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?
November 24, 2013
They had cared for him in his cradle; he followed them to their graves.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Rock, rock, went the cradle, and mother and child slept; but alas!Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Emilia looked as innocent as when Hope had tended her in the cradle.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
You'll find him rocking the cradle of Tippoo Wellington, my youngest son!
Her life, claimed by the open air, had its reward—the saddle is no cradle for weaklings.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- 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 cradle
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.
Idioms and Phrases with cradle
see from the cradle to the grave; rob the cradle.