|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|
|a. a framework of several wooden fingers attached to a scythe to gather the grain into bunches as it is cut|
|b. a scythe equipped with such a cradle; cradle scythe|
|c. a collar of wooden fingers that prevents a horse or cow from turning its head and biting itself|
|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|
|14.||(tr) to rock or place in or as if in a cradle; hold tenderly|
|15.||(tr) to nurture in or bring up from infancy|
|16.||(tr) to replace (the handset of a telephone) on the cradle|
|17.||to reap (grain) with a cradle scythe|
|18.||(tr) 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|
|[Old English cradol; related to Old High German kratto basket]|
cradle cra·dle (krād'l)
A small low bed for an infant, often furnished with rockers.
A frame used to keep the bedclothes from pressing on an injured part.
in furniture, infant's bed of wood, wicker, or iron, having enclosed sides and suspended from a bar, slung upon pivots, or mounted on rockers. The rocking motion of the cradle is intended to lull the infant to sleep. The cradle is an ancient type of furniture, and its origins are unknown. Early cradles developed from hollowed-out tree trunks to oblong, lidless wood boxes, originally with apparently detachable rockers. Later cradles were paneled and carved, supported on pillars, inlaid, or mounted in gilded bronze.
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