Cradle



[kreyd-l] /ˈkreɪd l/

noun
1.
a small bed for an infant, usually on rockers.
2.
any of various supports for objects set horizontally, as the support for the handset of a telephone.
3.
the place where anything is nurtured during its early existence:
Boston was the cradle of the American Revolution.
4.
Agriculture.

5.
a wire or wicker basket used to hold a wine bottle in a more or less horizontal position while the wine is being served.
6.
Artillery. the part of a gun carriage on which a recoiling gun slides.
7.
a landing platform for ferryboats, rolling on inclined tracks to facilitate loading and unloading at different water levels.
8.
Aeronautics. a docklike structure in which a rigid or semirigid airship is built or is supported during inflation.
9.
Automotive. (def 5).
10.
Nautical.

11.
Shipbuilding.

12.
Medicine/Medical. a frame that prevents the bedclothes from touching an injured part of a bedridden patient.
13.
Mining. a box on rockers for washing sand or gravel to separate gold or other heavy metal.
14.
an engraver’s tool for laying mezzotint grounds.
15.
Painting. a structure of wooden strips attached to the back of a panel, used as a support and to prevent warping.
verb (used with object), cradled, cradling.
16.
to hold gently or protectively.
17.
to place or rock in or as in an infant’s cradle.
18.
to nurture during infancy.
19.
to receive or hold as a cradle.
20.
to cut (grain) with a cradle.
21.
to place (a vessel) on a cradle.
22.
Mining. to wash (sand or gravel) in a cradle; rock.
23.
Painting. to support (a panel) with a cradle.
verb (used without object), cradled, cradling.
24.
to lie in or as if in a cradle.
25.
to cut grain with a .
Idioms
26.
rob the cradle, Informal. to marry, court, or date a person much younger than oneself.
/ˈkreɪdəl/
noun
1.
a baby’s bed with enclosed sides, often with a hood and rockers
2.
a place where something originates or is nurtured during its early life: the cradle of civilization
3.
the earliest period of life: they knew each other from the cradle
4.
a frame, rest, or trolley made to support or transport a piece of equipment, aircraft, ship, etc
5.
a platform, cage, or trolley, in which workmen are suspended on the side of a building or ship
6.
the part of a telephone on which the handset rests when not in use
7.
a holder connected to a computer allowing data to be transferred from a PDA, digital camera, etc
8.
another name for creeper (sense 5)
9.
(agriculture)

10.
Also called rocker. a boxlike apparatus for washing rocks, sand, etc, containing gold or gem stones
11.
(engraving) a tool that produces the pitted surface of a copper mezzotint plate before the design is engraved upon it
12.
a framework used to prevent the bedclothes from touching a sensitive part of an injured person
13.
from the cradle to the grave, throughout life
verb
14.
(transitive) to rock or place in or as if in a cradle; hold tenderly
15.
(transitive) to nurture in or bring up from infancy
16.
(transitive) to replace (the handset of a telephone) on the cradle
17.
to reap (grain) with a cradle scythe
18.
(transitive) to wash (soil bearing gold, etc) in a cradle
19.
(lacrosse) to keep (the ball) in the net of the stick, esp while running with it
n.

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.
v.

c.1500, from cradle (n.). Related: Cradled; cradling.

cradle cra·dle (krād’l)
n.

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