- 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.
Words nearby cradle
Idioms for cradle
Origin of cradle
OTHER WORDS FROM cradlecra·dler, nounun·cra·dled, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for rob the 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 forms of cradlecradler, noun
Word Origin for cradle
Medicine definitions for rob the cradle
Idioms and Phrases with rob the cradle (1 of 2)
Have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone much younger than oneself, as in The old editor was notorious for robbing the cradle, always trying to date some young reporter. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with rob the cradle (2 of 2)
see from the cradle to the grave; rob the cradle.