Definition of cradle in US English:

cradle

noun

  • 1An infant's bed or crib, typically one mounted on rockers.

    • ‘I looked towards the never-ending horizon, which was already holding the sun like a baby in a cradle.’
    • ‘Lifting the small child from the wicker cradle, Julius lifted his daughter high for all to see.’
    • ‘She goes off and comes back a minute later with one of the blankets from the baby's cradle.’
    • ‘In the summer of 1555 an ornate cradle was prepared and rockers appointed.’
    • ‘When I was a baby, she would lean over my cradle and that pendant would be before my eyes.’
    • ‘Cribs, cradles and bassinets are traditionally woven from wickerwork.’
    • ‘He bent down and picked up the large wooden cradle without any effort and followed Christina to her room.’
    • ‘As soon as everyone stopped laughing, they noticed a few baby cradles at the other side of the room.’
    • ‘The two of them walked to the cradle where the baby was still asleep.’
    • ‘Rockers were found on cradles as early as the fifteenth century.’
    • ‘Taylor picked up two babies and started to rock a cradle of a newborn with her knee.’
    • ‘Brian opened the door and Rebekah walked in to see twelve little wooden cradles and beds.’
    • ‘Rolling out of the bed on opposite sides, we each grabbed a screaming baby from the cradle at the foot of the bed.’
    • ‘He stepped up to the cradle where the baby girl lay, and picked her up in his aristocratic hands, smiling sadly, yet gently.’
    • ‘Some were often placed in cradles with newborn babies.’
    • ‘Isabelle shouts to a stunned Guy and hurriedly puts her hands into the cradle, scooping baby Lucas into her arms.’
    • ‘The baby stirred in her wooden rocking cradle.’
    • ‘The shortage of necessary equipment such as cradles, beds and toys is acute.’
    • ‘Here in Matthew's story we see the academy in a strange and unexpected place, gathered around the cradle of a baby.’
    • ‘She led him up to the glass wall of the nursery, where a nurse was putting a very tiny baby into a cradle.’
    crib, bassinet, moses basket, cot, carrycot
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    1. 1.1the cradle Infancy.
      ‘a society that would secure the welfare of its citizens from cradle to grave’
      • ‘A moral upgradation from the cradle, which must last to the grave, is essential.’
      • ‘Clearly, there is need for the society to inculcate safety awareness from the cradle.’
      • ‘Brown's paintings are like milestones marking the distance traveled from the cradle to points far into adulthood.’
      • ‘Preventative therapies for osteoporosis are the first line of defence and can begin from the cradle.’
      • ‘In all their growing years, from the cradle until their 18th birthday, no one will ever, in any purposeful way, have said ‘No’ to them.’
      • ‘Those of us who are noble born learn to play almost from the cradle.’
      • ‘Attitudinal change has to be brought out and last but not the least gender disparities removed from the cradle itself.’
      • ‘The voice he heard from the cradle articulated Smith's sort of socialism.’
      • ‘However, they had all known each other from the cradle.’
      • ‘A person's journey from the cradle to the grave should be filled with joyous revelation, not filibustering and legislation.’
      • ‘She can't help but remember the comment that they were practically betrothed from the cradle.’
      • ‘My lifelong friend, who I had know from the cradle, was not here by my side for the first time.’
      • ‘He has a sweet tooth like mine, but then again I joke that I was spoon-fed sugar from the cradle by my grandfather.’
      • ‘All of which made sense in that his ability to control a game has been his greatest strength almost from the cradle.’
      • ‘Collins is 41, a politician from the cradle, living and breathing the Westminster air.’
      • ‘The importance of good breeding was such that Cicero could describe Ahenobarbus as consul-designate from the cradle.’
      • ‘Mr Sata and Mr Hichilema have promised to offer free education from the cradle to the university.’
      • ‘In our Party we understand that those needs extend from the cradle to the grave.’
      • ‘We also strongly support the idea of savings from the cradle to the grave.’
      • ‘The sole aim of this massive gathering was to build leadership right from the cradle.’
      beginnings, very beginnings, early days, early stages, seeds, roots
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    2. 1.2the cradle of A place, process, or event in which something originates or flourishes.
      ‘he saw Greek art as the cradle of European civilization’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to martyr sport as the cradle for world diplomacy.’
      • ‘Furthermore, this land is the cradle and location of most of the important events of Christianity.’
      • ‘Mother Afrika is the cradle of civilisation and not those geographic entities.’
      • ‘Remember, it's the cradle of democracy we're talking about.’
      • ‘The longboat was launched before a crowd of about 500 at Town Beach, the cradle of history in this district.’
      • ‘The Test was also a long-due acknowledgement of this region's place as the cradle of black rugby.’
      • ‘The turn of the century seemed to herald a turnaround for those living in the cradle of Christianity.’
      • ‘It was not long before Hispanic ballplayers earned their well-deserved place in the cradle of American baseball.’
      • ‘The majority of the action takes place in Africa, the so-called cradle of humanity.’
      • ‘A new chapter has begun in what was once the cradle of civilization of mankind.’
      • ‘It has now been accepted in the palaeontological world that Africa is the cradle of mankind.’
      • ‘They serve as a reminder of the soccer glory of the city, once a cradle of football talent in the country.’
      • ‘As the cradle of western civilisation, it is also your big fat spiritual home.’
      • ‘The cradle of the country's private businesses, it still suffers from its past today.’
      • ‘Kosovo, in the south, is considered the cradle of Serbian civilization.’
      • ‘I'm sitting right here in the cradle of civilisation.’
      • ‘These societies were well known as the cradle of the country's elites.’
      • ‘Glasgow might be the perceived cradle of cutting-edge art, but Edinburgh is no longer the staid sister it once was.’
      • ‘The lake was the cradle of Andean civilisation and remains enduringly known as the birthplace of the Inca empire.’
      • ‘Big cities are both cradles and magnets for enterprise and creativity.’
      birthplace, fount, fountainhead, source, spring, fountain, origin, place of origin, breeding place, nursery, root, roots, seat, seed, germ
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  • 2A framework on which a ship or boat rests during construction or repairs.

    • ‘The mighty carrier was launching out from the massive embracing cradle which till now had held it in port.’
    • ‘High water levels, again, floated many boats off their lift cradles or up through roofs of covered docks.’
    • ‘The lifts, which carries boats in water on special cradles, closed in 1983 when corrosion was found during routine maintenance.’
    • ‘Sounds of voices barking instructions competed with the rattle of chains as the boat and cradle were lowered down the slipway.’
    • ‘Calamity struck when the cradle on the trailer collapsed and crushed her boat.’
    framework, rack, holder, stand, base, support, mounting, mount, platform, prop, horse, rest, chock, plinth, bottom, trivet, bracket, frame, subframe, structure, substructure, chassis
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    1. 2.1 The part of a telephone on which the receiver rests when not in use.
      • ‘Cameron jumped up and went to get the phone from the cradle in the kitchen.’
      • ‘He pulled the receiver out of the cradle and dialed the number for the poison center at the local hospital.’
      • ‘There was an old desk and an empty cradle to a portable phone.’
      • ‘I sat down on my bed after putting the phone back in its cradle.’
      • ‘Jessica looked at her and went to get her the phone from the cradle.’
      • ‘I finally gave into my feelings and took the phone off of its mounted cradle.’
      • ‘I picked the phone up from the cradle and pressed it up against my ear.’
      • ‘I picked the black cordless phone from the cradle at the third ring.’
      • ‘With that said, I slammed the phone back into its cradle and slid onto the sofa for some serious thinking time.’
      • ‘His fingers made their way to the cradle the receiver was resting on, then just snatched the thing off and held it to his ear.’
      • ‘Wordlessly, he replaced the phone back to its original cradle and idly picked up his jacket and suitcase.’
      • ‘After a moment, she took the telephone from its cradle, dialing in a number quickly, and the recipient answered.’
      • ‘Hanging up herself Elizabeth replaced her phone in its cradle beside her bed and threw off the covers.’
      • ‘I put the receiver back into its cradle and sighed.’
      • ‘Max cursed as he slammed the receiver back onto the cradle.’
      • ‘She picked up the cordless phone on the cradle beside her bed and pushed the power button.’
      • ‘Darla returned the phone to its cradle on her nightstand, and fell asleep again.’
      • ‘I sat the phone back on its cradle and sat on my bed.’
      • ‘As soon as they pick up the phone from the cradle, however, or read an incoming text message, they would be liable for prosecution.’
      • ‘He reached across his bed and lifted the phone from its cradle.’
    2. 2.2Mining A trough on rockers in which auriferous earth or sand is shaken in water to separate the gold.
      • ‘It felt as if we were the contents of a cradle sifting out precious gold from the riverbank.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Hold gently and protectively.

    ‘she cradled his head in her arms’
    • ‘She sat with his head cradled in her lap and admired the perfect features of her beloved.’
    • ‘With a groan, I heave him into my arms, carefully cradling his neck.’
    • ‘He simply turned and started to move up the stairs, Trish still cradled gently in his arms.’
    • ‘So O'Neill picked me up bridal style, cradling me gently in his arms.’
    • ‘One should cushion the fall, cradle, the head, remove glasses, and loosen tight clothes.’
    • ‘Julie pulled herself up onto shore with the bird gently cradled in her arms.’
    • ‘I was still cradled in his arms, only inches away from his face.’
    • ‘Becca cradled the phone gently between her jaw and collarbone.’
    • ‘I forced a smile and took another swallow from the cup that was cradled in my palms.’
    • ‘He sighed gently, cradling his bruised hand as an afterthought.’
    • ‘He had been cradling his face since he had entered the room minutes before.’
    • ‘Men sat on top, with rifles cradled on their laps.’
    • ‘She stood still as he rocked her gently, one hand cradling her head.’
    • ‘Tory stood slowly, gathering her bag into her arms, cradling it protectively to her chest’
    • ‘Luke said nothing, but gently pulled Jake into his shoulders and cradled him gently as he would a little child.’
    • ‘Jillian came across a picture of her parents, her mother cradling a small baby.’
    • ‘There he was slumped in a chair, whisky bottle cradled in his lap.’
    • ‘I cradled the phone in my palm; your voice was like my pulse.’
    • ‘One arm wrapped around her waist as his other hand gently cradled her head towards him.’
    • ‘Strife sprinted onwards in the pouring rain, tenderly cradling his six-year-old daughter who was whimpering with fear.’
    hold, support, prop up, rest, pillow, bolster, cushion, shelter, protect
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    1. 1.1 Be the place of origin of.
      ‘the northeastern states cradled an American industrial revolution’
      • ‘She was the youngest daughter's youngest: cherished and protected and spoiled, cradled within the family's golden cocoon.’
      • ‘While the fallen have long since cast off their earthly form, the land which cradled them and shared their suffering will never disappear.’
      • ‘Marconi is the person at Weidlinger whose mind is currently cradling the vorticity confinement idea.’
  • 2Place (a telephone receiver) in its cradle.

    • ‘A telephone lay cradled in the perpendicular base under the directory.’
    • ‘Leigh cradled the receiver carefully and looked at the small clock on the table beside her.’
    • ‘Ryann heard a click on the phone line, and she cradled the phone.’
    • ‘Dad cradled the receiver just as the glob I flicked from my spoon landed directly on my brother's nose.’
    • ‘Yoshida sits quietly in a corner, cradling his cell phone in one hand and running the other over his weary eyes.’
    • ‘The cell phone holder was designed to cradle cell phones keeping them locked in place while not in use.’
    • ‘Denise cradled the phone back on the receiver and stared off into space.’
    • ‘She had a chocolate bar in one hand while the other cradled her cell phone.’

Origin

Old English cradol, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to German Kratte ‘basket’.

Pronunciation

cradle

/ˈkrādl//ˈkreɪdl/