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noun 
  1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillate, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots.
  2. (context, figurative) The place of origin, or in which anything is nurtured or protected in the earlier period of existence.
    • a of crime
    • the of liberty
      1. (context, figurative) Infancy, or very early life.
    • from the to the grave
      1. 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.
      2. A tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
      3. 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.
      4. A case for a broken or dislocated limb.
      5. A frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person.
      6. A machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth.
      7. A suspended scaffold used in shafts.
      8. The ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
      9. 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.
      10. A rest for the receiver of a telephone.
      (rfex)
verb (cradl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To contain in or as if in a cradle.
  2. (transitive) To rock (a baby to sleep).
  3. (transitive) To wrap protectively.
    • cradling the injured man"s head in her arms
      1. (lacrosse) To rock the lacrosse stick back and forth in order to keep the ball in the head by means of centrifugal force.
Etymology: From cradol.


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