Definitions for cradleˈkreɪd l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cra•dleˈkreɪd l(n.; v.)-dled, -dling.

  1. (n.)a small bed for an infant, usu. on rockers.

    Category: Furniture

  2. any of various supports for objects set horizontally, as the support for receiver of a telephone.

    Category: Machinery, Telegraphy and Telephony

  3. the place where something is nurtured in its early years:

    Boston is the cradle of the American Revolution.

  4. a toothed frame attached to a scythe for laying grain in bunches as it is cut. a scythe together with this frame.

    Category: Agriculture

  5. a wire or wicker basket used at table to hold a wine bottle in a slightly upturned position.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  6. the part of a gun carriage on which a recoiling gun slides.

    Category: Military

  7. a frame that prevents the bedclothes from touching an injured part of a bedridden patient.

    Category: Medicine

  8. (v.t.)to hold gently or protectively.

  9. to place or rock in or as if in an infant's cradle.

  10. to nurture during infancy.

  11. to cut (grain) with a cradle.

  12. (v.i.)to lie in or as if in a cradle.

  13. to cut grain with a cradle scythe.

Idioms for cradle:

  1. rob the cradle,to become romantically involved with a person much younger than oneself.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of cradle:

bef. 1000; ME cradel, OE cradol; akin to OHG cratto basket

cra′dler(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cradle(noun)

    a baby bed with sides and rockers

  2. birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance, provenience(noun)

    where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence

    "the birthplace of civilization"

  3. cradle(noun)

    birth of a person

    "he was taught from the cradle never to cry"

  4. rocker, cradle(verb)

    a trough that can be rocked back and forth; used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold

  5. cradle(verb)

    hold gently and carefully

    "He cradles the child in his arms"

  6. cradle(verb)

    bring up from infancy

  7. cradle(verb)

    hold or place in or as if in a cradle

    "He cradled the infant in his arms"

  8. cradle(verb)

    cut grain with a cradle scythe

  9. cradle(verb)

    wash in a cradle

    "cradle gold"

  10. cradle(verb)

    run with the stick

Wiktionary

  1. cradle(Noun)

    A bed or cot for a baby, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.

  2. cradle(Noun)

    The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.

  3. cradle(Noun)

    Infancy, or very early life.

  4. cradle(Noun)

    An implement consisting of a broad scythe for cutting grain, with a set of long fingers parallel to the scythe, designed to receive the grain, and to lay it evenly in a swath.

  5. cradle(Noun)

    A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.

  6. cradle(Noun)

    A framework of timbers, or iron bars, moving upon ways or rollers, used to support, lift, or carry ships or other vessels, heavy guns, etc., as up an inclined plane, or across a strip of land, or in launching a ship.

  7. cradle(Noun)

    A case for a broken or dislocated limb.

  8. cradle(Noun)

    A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the sensitive parts of an injured person.

  9. cradle(Noun)

    A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.

  10. cradle(Verb)

    To contain in or as if in a cradle.

  11. cradle(Verb)

    To rock (a baby to sleep).

  12. cradle(Verb)

    To wrap protectively.

  13. cradle(Verb)

    To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.

  14. cradle(Noun)

    A suspended scaffold used in shafts.

  15. cradle(Noun)

    A ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.

  16. cradle(Noun)

    A basket or apparatus in which, when a line has been made fast to a wrecked ship from the shore, the people are brought off from the wreck.

    The cradle was ill-made. One victim fell into the sea and was lost and the ensuing delay cost three more lives.

  17. cradle(Noun)

    A rest for the receiver of a telephone.

    He slammed the handset into the cradle.

  18. Origin: From cradol.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cradle(noun)

    a bed or cot for a baby, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots; hence, the place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence; as, a cradle of crime; the cradle of liberty

  2. Cradle(noun)

    infancy, or very early life

  3. Cradle(noun)

    an implement consisting of a broad scythe for cutting grain, with a set of long fingers parallel to the scythe, designed to receive the grain, and to lay it evenly in a swath

  4. Cradle(noun)

    a tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground

  5. Cradle(noun)

    a framework of timbers, or iron bars, moving upon ways or rollers, used to support, lift, or carry ships or other vessels, heavy guns, etc., as up an inclined plane, or across a strip of land, or in launching a ship

  6. Cradle(noun)

    a case for a broken or dislocated limb

  7. Cradle(noun)

    a frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person

  8. Cradle(noun)

    a machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth; -- also called a rocker

  9. Cradle(noun)

    a suspended scaffold used in shafts

  10. Cradle(noun)

    the ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster

  11. Cradle(noun)

    the basket or apparatus in which, when a line has been made fast to a wrecked ship from the shore, the people are brought off from the wreck

  12. Cradle(verb)

    to lay to rest, or rock, as in a cradle; to lull or quiet, as by rocking

  13. Cradle(verb)

    to nurse or train in infancy

  14. Cradle(verb)

    to cut and lay with a cradle, as grain

  15. Cradle(verb)

    to transport a vessel by means of a cradle

  16. Cradle(verb)

    to lie or lodge, as in a cradle

Freebase

  1. Cradle

    Cradle is a 1988 science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. The major premise of Cradle is contact between a few humans from the Miami area in 1994 and the super robots of a damaged space ship submerged off the Florida coast. Telecommunication advances such as videotelephones and highly efficient underwater scanning equipment used in the story bridge from the everyday, real-life aspects of the setting toward the near future, bespeaking technological progress.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

cradle(noun)

a child's bed especially one in which it can be rocked.

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