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Definition 1: a baby bed with sides and rockers - [noun denoting artifact]

(cradle is a kind of ...) a small bed for babies; enclosed by sides to prevent the baby from falling

(cradle is a part of ...) a curved support that permits the supported object to rock to and fro

Definition 2: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for cradle in the sense of this definition

(cradle is a kind of ...) a long narrow shallow receptacle

Definition 3: where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence - [noun denoting location]

Samples where cradle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the birthplace of civilization

Synonyms for cradle in the sense of this definition

(cradle is a kind of ...) the place where something begins, where it springs into being

"the Italian beginning of the Renaissance" "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation" "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River" "communism's Russian root"

Definition 4: birth of a person - [noun denoting time]

Samples where cradle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was taught from the cradle never to cry

(cradle is a kind of ...) the time when something begins (especially life)

"they divorced after the birth of the child" "his election signaled the birth of a new age"

Definition 5: run with the stick - [verb of competition]

(cradle is a kind of ...) participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon" "play cards" "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

(cradle belongs to category ...) a game invented by American Indians; now played by two teams who use long-handled rackets to catch and carry and throw the ball toward the opponents' goal

Definition 6: hold gently and carefully - [verb of contact]

Samples where cradle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He cradles the child in his arms

(cradle is a kind of ...) have or hold in one's hands or grip

"Hold this bowl for a moment, please" "A crazy idea took hold of him"

Definition 7: wash in a cradle - [verb of contact]

Samples where cradle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cradle gold

(cradle is a kind of ...) cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water

"Wash the towels, please!"

Definition 8: cut grain with a cradle scythe - [verb of contact]

(cradle is a kind of ...) separate with or as if with an instrument

"Cut the rope"

Definition 9: hold or place in or as if in a cradle - [verb of motion]

Samples where cradle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He cradled the infant in his arms

(cradle is a kind of ...) have or hold in one's hands or grip

"Hold this bowl for a moment, please" "A crazy idea took hold of him"

(cradle is a kind of ...) look after a child until it is an adult

"raise a family" "bring up children"

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