- cradle snatcher,
- cradle vault,
- craft apprenticeship,
- craft beer,
- craft union,
Origin of cradling
- 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
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|Amy Zimmerman|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He too is cradling an AK-47 with a huge 75-round magazine attached.
“I know,” she said, hugging him and cradling his head against her chest.
Frightened and astonished, Eveley soothed her, cradling her in her arms.Eve to the Rescue|Ethel Hueston
Before the day of the self-rake machine the grain was harvested with the cradle, and cradling was work for a giant.In Pastures Green|Peter McArthur
"I have a mind to speak a word for your puppet-show," said the jester, cradling his bauble in his arms.Masters of the Guild|L. Lamprey
Cranial measurements are not distorted by cradling practice or other causes of deformation.A Racial Study of the Fijians|Norman E. Gabel
To light lapping and cradling of waters the wood sings the simple lay, while strings discourse in quicker, higher phrase.Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies|Philip H. Goepp
- 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.