cradle




To cradle is to hold delicately and gently, like how you would hold an infant. A cradle is the tiny bed with rockers that the infant sleeps in.

The word cradle comes to us from the Old English word cradol, which meant “little bed or cot.” And while it is important to cradle a baby’s head when you pick them up out of their cradle, this word isn’t all baby talk. Ever heard of ancient Greece? Otherwise known as “the cradle of democracy?” That’s because the noun version of cradle can be used to poetically describe the birthplace of a movement or the area where an early idea was nurtured.

Definitions of cradle
  1. noun

    a baby bed with sides and rockers

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    type of:

    baby bed, baby’s bed

    a small bed for babies; enclosed by sides to prevent the baby from falling

  2. noun

    where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence

    synonyms:
    birthplace, place of origin, provenance, provenience
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    type of:

    beginning, origin, root, rootage, source

    the place where something begins, where it springs into being

  3. noun

    birth of a person

    “he was taught from the
    cradle never to cry”
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    type of:

    birth

    the time when something begins (especially life)

  4. verb

    hold or place in or as if in a cradle

    “He
    cradled the infant in his arms”
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    type of:

    hold, take hold

    have or hold in one’s hands or grip

  5. verb

    hold gently and carefully

    “He
    cradles the child in his arms”
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    type of:

    hold, take hold

    have or hold in one’s hands or grip

  6. verb

    bring up from infancy

  7. noun

    a trough that can be rocked back and forth; used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold

    synonyms:
    rocker
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    type of:

    trough

    a long narrow shallow receptacle

  8. verb

    wash in a cradle

    cradle gold”
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    type of:

    launder, wash

    cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

  9. verb

    cut grain with a cradle scythe

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    type of:

    cut

    separate with or as if with an instrument

  10. verb

    control a puck or ball by moving a stick, as in hockey or lacrosse

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    type of:

    play

    participate in games or sport

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