What does cradle mean?

Definitions for cradle
ˈkreɪd lcra·dle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cradle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cradlenoun

    a baby bed with sides and rockers

  2. birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance, proveniencenoun

    where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence

    "the birthplace of civilization"

  3. cradlenoun

    birth of a person

    "he was taught from the cradle never to cry"

  4. rocker, cradleverb

    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. cradleverb

    hold gently and carefully

    "He cradles the child in his arms"

  6. cradleverb

    bring up from infancy

  7. cradleverb

    hold or place in or as if in a cradle

    "He cradled the infant in his arms"

  8. cradleverb

    cut grain with a cradle scythe

  9. cradleverb

    wash in a cradle

    "cradle gold"

  10. cradleverb

    run with the stick

Wiktionary

  1. cradlenoun

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

  2. cradlenoun

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

  3. cradlenoun

    Infancy, or very early life.

  4. cradlenoun

    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. cradlenoun

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

  6. cradlenoun

    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. cradlenoun

    A case for a broken or dislocated limb.

  8. cradlenoun

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

  9. cradlenoun

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

  10. cradleverb

    To contain in or as if in a cradle.

  11. cradleverb

    To rock (a baby to sleep).

  12. cradleverb

    To wrap protectively.

  13. cradleverb

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

  14. cradlenoun

    A suspended scaffold used in shafts.

  15. cradlenoun

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

  16. cradlenoun

    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. cradlenoun

    A rest for the receiver of a telephone.

    He slammed the handset into the cradle.

  18. Etymology: From cradol.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cradlenoun

    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. Cradlenoun

    infancy, or very early life

  3. Cradlenoun

    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. Cradlenoun

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

  5. Cradlenoun

    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. Cradlenoun

    a case for a broken or dislocated limb

  7. Cradlenoun

    a frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person

  8. Cradlenoun

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

  9. Cradlenoun

    a suspended scaffold used in shafts

  10. Cradlenoun

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

  11. Cradlenoun

    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. Cradleverb

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

  13. Cradleverb

    to nurse or train in infancy

  14. Cradleverb

    to cut and lay with a cradle, as grain

  15. Cradleverb

    to transport a vessel by means of a cradle

  16. Cradleverb

    to lie or lodge, as in a cradle

  17. Etymology: [AS. cradel, cradol, prob. from Celtic; cf. Gael. creathall, Ir. craidhal, W. cryd a shaking or rocking, a cradle; perh. akin to E. crate.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cradle

    krā′dl, n. a bed or crib in which children are rocked: (fig.) infancy: the place where one is born and brought up: a frame in which anything is imbedded: a case for a broken limb: a frame under a ship for launching it: a box on rockers for washing auriferous dirt.—v.t. to lay or rock in a cradle: to nurture.—adj. Crā′dled, laid in a cradle.—ns. Crā′dle-scythe, a broad scythe used in a cradle for cutting grain; Crā′dle-walk, an avenue arched over with trees; Crā′dling.—From the cradle, from birth, from the first. [A.S. cradol; ety. obscure.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cradle

    A frame consisting of bilge-ways, poppets, &c., on the principle of the wedge, placed under the bottom of a ship, and resting on the ways on which it slips, thus launching her steadily into the water, at which time it supports her weight while she slides down the greased ways. The cradle being the support of the ship, she carries it with her into the water, when, becoming buoyant, the frame separates from the hull, floats on the surface, and is again collected for similar purposes.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cradle

    A narrow frame-work of heavy timbers upon which heavy guns are sometimes placed, to be moved upon rollers.

Anagrams for cradle »

  1. credal, reclad

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cradle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cradle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of cradle in a Sentence

  1. Thorsten J. Pattberg:

    A Greek invention, democracy is highly overrated. For starters, it never worked in Greece. The first philosophers were fascists and, even today, 2,500 years later, the 'cradle of Western civilization' remains an incompetent state. Roman emperors and a vengeful, authoritarian God are the true European success stories.

  2. John Kelly:

    He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave, he went and told his boss what he just heard.

  3. Natalia Kanem:

    Gender inequality is the most insidious and pervasive impediment to bodily autonomy. It starts from the cradle, gender unequal norms and attitudes lead to power imbalances that restrict women’s decision-making ... (driving) the expectation that women and girls will yield to others in all aspects of their lives.

  4. Brit Bennett:

    I kept coming back to the inherent absurdity of the idea that race can be successfully performed, but at the same time, the implications of race and of racism are felt generations deep, they follow people from the cradle to the grave.

  5. Vincent Van Gogh:

    If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.

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