Translate cradle | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish
1an infant’s bed or crib, typically one mounted on rockers.
) infancy:a society that would secure the welfare of its citizens from cradle to grave
(the cradle of
) a place, process, or event in which something originates or flourishes:he saw Greek art as the cradle of European civilization
2a framework resembling a cradle, in particular. a framework on which a ship or boat rests during construction or repairs. the part of a telephone on which the receiver rests when not in use. Mining a trough on rockers in which auriferous earth or sand is shaken in water to separate the gold.
verb [with object]
1hold gently and protectively:she cradled his head in her arms be the place of origin of:the northeastern states cradled an American industrial revolution 2place (a telephone receiver) in its cradle.