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
Synonyms for cradle
Examples from the Web for cradling
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of cradling
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
- 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.