Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a baby bed with sides and rockers
  2. (noun, artifact) 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
  3. (noun, location) where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
  4. (noun, time) birth of a person
  5. (verb, competition) run with the stick
  6. (verb, contact) hold gently and carefully
  7. (verb, contact) wash in a cradle
  8. (verb, contact) cut grain with a cradle scythe
  9. (verb, motion) hold or place in or as if in a cradle
  10. (verb, social) bring up from infancy

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Cradle

Derivations: cradle

Hypernyms: 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

Origin of the word Cradle

  1. O.E. cradol "little bed," from P.Gmc. *kradulas "basket." Cat's cradle is from 1768. Cradle-snatching "amorous pursuit of younger person" is 1925, U.S. slang. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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