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cradle

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English

cradle the Queen of England.

Etymology

From Old English cradol.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
cradle

Plural
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  1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.
    • a cradle of crime
    • the cradle of liberty
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Infancy, or very early life.
    • from the cradle to the grave
  4. 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. A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
  6. 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. A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
  8. A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the sensitive parts of an injured person.
  9. A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.
  10. A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
  11. A ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
  12. (nautical) 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.
  13. A rest for the receiver of a telephone.
    He slammed the handset into the cradle.

Synonyms

  • (machine on rockers used in washing out auriferous earth): rocker
  • (rest for receiver of a telephone): rest

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Verb

Infinitive
to cradle

Third person singular
cradl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to cradle (third-person singular simple present cradl, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To contain in or as if in a cradle.
  2. (transitive) To rock (a baby to sleep).
  3. (transitive) To wrap protectively.
    • cradling the injured man’s head in her arms
  4. (lacrosse) To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.

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