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Definition of Cradle

Cradle

  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.
  2. Infancy, or very early life.
  3. 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. 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. A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
  7. A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person.
  8. A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth; -- also called a rocker.
  9. A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
  10. The ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
  11. 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.
  12. To lay to rest, or rock, as in a cradle; to lull or quiet, as by rocking.
  13. To nurse or train in infancy.
  14. To cut and lay with a cradle, as grain.
  15. To transport a vessel by means of a cradle.
  16. To lie or lodge, as in a cradle.

Cradle Quotations

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.
Vladimir Nabokov

Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life.
Edvard Munch

It seems that it had been destined before that I should occupy myself so thoroughly with the vulture, for it comes to my mind as a very early memory, when I was still in the cradle, a vulture came down to me, he opened my mouth with his tail and struck me a few times with his tail against my lips.
Leonardo da Vinci

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
Charles Dickens

Calmness is the cradle of power.
Josiah Gilbert Holland
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Cradle Translations

cradle in Dutch is wieg
cradle in French is berceau
cradle in German is Wiege
cradle in Italian is culla
cradle in Latin is cunabula
cradle in Norwegian is vugge
cradle in Spanish is cuna
cradle in Swedish is vagga

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