cradle

cradle
1 noun (C)
1 BED a small bed for a baby, especially one that you can move gently from side to side: She rocked the cradle to quieten the child.
2 the cradle of the place where something important began: Athens is often regarded as the cradle of democracy.
3 from/in the cradle from or in the earliest years of your life: Sara had learned that language from the cradle.
4 from the cradle to the grave all through your life: a promise of security from the cradle to the grave
5 BrE a structure that people working on the sides of high buildings stand in which can be moved up and down: a window-cleaner's cradle
6 the part of a telephone where the part that you hold in your hand is put when it is not being used
-see also: cat's cradle, rob the cradle rob (5) 2 verb (T) to hold something gently in your hands or arms, as if to protect it: John cradled the baby in his arms. | The wine-glass looked tiny cradled in his big hands.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • 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

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