Cradle

Definition of Cradle

Cra´dle   Pronunciation: krād'l
n.1.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.
The cradle that received thee at thy birth.
- Cowper.
2.Infancy, or very early life.
3.(Agric.) 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.(Engraving) A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
5.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.(Med.) A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
7.(Mining) A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth; - also called a rocker.
8.(Carp.) The ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
9.(Naut.) 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.
Cat's cradle
See under Cat.
Cradle hole
a sunken place in a road, caused by thawing, or by travel over a soft spot.
Cradle scythe
a broad scythe used in a cradle for cutting grain.
v. t.1.To lay to rest, or rock, as in a cradle; to lull or quiet, as by rocking.
[imp. & p. p. Cradled (-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cradling (-dl?ng).]
It cradles their fears to sleep.
- D. A. Clark.
2.To nurse or train in infancy.
3.To cut and lay with a cradle, as grain.
4.To transport a vessel by means of a cradle.
To cradle a picture
to put ribs across the back of a picture, to prevent the panels from warping.
v. i.1.To lie or lodge, as in a cradle.

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