Cradle

Cradle may refer to:

Mechanical devices:

  • Bassinet, a small bed, often on rockers, in which babies and small children sleep
  • Ship cradle, supports a ship that is dry docked
  • Cradle (grain), in agriculture is a device based upon a scythe to cleanly reap and harvest grain
  • Cradle (mining), used to separate gold from other rocks.
  • Newton's cradle, a device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy via a series of swinging spheres

Arts and literature:

  • Cradle (band), a popular Malay rock band from Singapore that was formed in 1995 by four well-known musicians in the music industry at that time
  • Cradle (novel), a novel by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee
  • Cradle (song), a single released by British girl group Atomic Kitten
  • The Cradle, a 2007 horror film starring Lukas Haas and Emily Hampshire
  • Cradle of filth, an Extreme metal band from Suffolk, England
  • Cradle (circus act), an aerial circus act
  • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, a recycling and industrial management book
  • The Pleasure Seekers/Cradle#Cradle, a band that Suzi Quatro played in (in the late 1960s and early 1970s) before she became famous

As a metaphor for humanity's origins:

  • Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site near Johannesburg in South Africa, where many early hominid remains were discovered
  • Cradle of civilization, any of the various regions regarded as the earliest centers of civilization
  • Cradle of Liberty (disambiguation)

Other:


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  • cradle — [krād′ l] n. [ME cradel < OE cradol < * kradula, little basket; akin to OHG kratto, basket < IE base * ger , to twist, turn > CRANK1, CRAMP1, CREEK] 1. a baby s small bed, usually on rockers 2. the earliest period of one s life;… …   English World dictionary

  • Cradle — Cra dle (kr[=a]d l), n. [AS. cradel, cradol, prob. from Celtic; cf. Gael. creathall, Ir. craidhal, W. cryd a shaking or rocking, a cradle; perh. akin to E. crate.] 1. A bed or cot for a baby, oscillating on rockers or swinging on pivots; hence,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cradle — Cra dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cradled} ( d ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cradling} ( dl?ng).] 1. To lay to rest, or rock, as in a cradle; to lull or quiet, as by rocking. [1913 Webster] It cradles their fears to sleep. D. A. Clark. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cradle — ► NOUN 1) a baby s bed or cot, especially one mounted on rockers. 2) a place or period in which something originates or flourishes: the cradle of civilization. 3) a supporting framework resembling a cradle, in particular for a boat under repair… …   English terms dictionary

  • cradle — [n1] small bed for baby baby bed, bassinet, cot, crib, hamper, Moses basket, pannier, trundle bed; concept 443 cradle [n2] early childhood; origins babyhood, beginning, birthplace, fount, fountain, fountainhead, infancy, nativity, nursery, origin …   New thesaurus

  • Cradle — Cra dle, v. i. To lie or lodge, as in a cradle. [1913 Webster] Withered roots and husks wherein the acorn cradled. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cradle — index bear (support), genesis, lull, origin (source), origination, source Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • cradle — cradler, n. /krayd l/, n., v., cradled, cradling. n. 1. a small bed for an infant, usually on rockers. 2. any of various supports for objects set horizontally, as the support for the handset of a telephone. 3. the place where anything is nurtured …   Universalium

  • cradle — cra|dle1 [ˈkreıdl] n [: Old English; Origin: cradol] 1.) a small bed for a baby, especially one that moves gently from side to side →↑cot ▪ She rocked the cradle to quieten the child. 2.) the cradle of sth formal the place where something… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cradle — [[t]kre͟ɪd(ə)l[/t]] cradles, cradling, cradled 1) N COUNT A cradle is a baby s bed with high sides. Cradles often have curved bases so that they rock from side to side. Syn: crib 2) N COUNT The cradle is the part of a telephone on which the… …   English dictionary

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