Meaning of cradle
Pronunciation: (krād'l), [key]
— n., v., -dled, -dling.
- a small bed for an infant, usually on rockers.
- any of various supports for objects set horizontally, as the support for the handset of a telephone.
- the place where anything is nurtured during its early existence: Boston was the cradle of the American Revolution.
- 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 wire or wicker basket used to hold a wine bottle in a more or less horizontal position while the wine is being served.
- the part of a gun carriage on which a recoiling gun slides.
- a landing platform for ferryboats, rolling on inclined tracks to facilitate loading and unloading at different water levels.
- a docklike structure in which a rigid or semirigid airship is built or is supported during inflation.
- creeper (def. 5).
- 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.
- a frame that prevents the bedclothes from touching an injured part of a bedridden patient.
- a box on rockers for washing sand or gravel to separate gold or other heavy metal.
- an engraver's tool for laying mezzotint grounds.
- a structure of wooden strips attached to the back of a panel, used as a support and to prevent warping.
- to marry, court, or date a person much younger than oneself.
- to hold gently or protectively.
- to place or rock in or as in an infant's cradle.
- to nurture during infancy.
- to receive or hold as a cradle.
- to cut (grain) with a cradle.
- to place (a vessel) on a cradle.
- to wash (sand or gravel) in a cradle; rock.
- to support (a panel) with a cradle.
- to lie in or as if in a cradle.
- to cut grain with a cradle scythe.
- cradle (Thesaurus)