Definition and Meanings for cradles

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Cradles is ranked 10,538 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of cradles

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of cradles

as. cradel, cradol, prob. from celtic; cf. gael. creathall, ir. craidhal, w. cryd a shaking or rocking, a cradle; perh. akin to e. crate

Meaning of cradles


as noun

  • 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.
  • infancy, or very early life.
  • 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.
  • a tool used in mezzotint engraving, which, by a rocking motion, raises burrs on the surface of the plate, so preparing the ground.
  • 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.
  • a case for a broken or dislocated limb.;a frame to keep the bedclothes from contact with the person.
  • a machine on rockers, used in washing out auriferous earth; -- also called a rocker.;a suspended scaffold used in shafts.
  • the ribbing for vaulted ceilings and arches intended to be covered with plaster.
  • 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.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to lay to rest, or rock, as in a cradle; to lull or quiet, as by rocking.
  • to nurse or train in infancy.
  • to cut and lay with a cradle, as grain.
  • to transport a vessel by means of a cradle.

as intransitive verb

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