- 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
Synonyms for cradle
Related Words for cradlecrib, birthplace, bassinet, cot, hamper, pannier, origin, infancy, spring, source, nursery, fountain, babyhood, fount, beginning, wellspring, fountainhead, nativity, nourish, support
Examples from the Web for cradle
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of cradle
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 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
Word Origin 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.
see from the cradle to the grave; rob the cradle.