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Noun: cradle  krey-d(u)l
  1. A baby bed with sides and rockers
     
  2. Where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
    "the cradle of civilization";
    - birthplace, place of origin, provenance [Brit, Cdn], provenience [US]
     
  3. Birth of a person
    "he was taught from the cradle never to cry"
     
  4. 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
    - rocker
Verb: cradle  krey-d(u)l
  1. Hold gently and carefully
    "He cradles the child in his arms"
     
  2. Bring up from infancy
     
  3. Hold or place in or as if in a cradle
    "He cradled the infant in his arms"
     
  4. Cut grain with a cradle scythe
     
  5. Wash in a cradle
    "cradle gold"
     
  6. (lacrosse) run with the stick

Derived forms: cradling, cradled, cradles

Type of: baby bed, baby's bed, beginning, birth, bring up, cut, hold, launder, nurture, origin, parent, play, raise, rear, root, rootage, source, take hold, trough, wash

Encyclopedia: Cradle