cradle

To cradle is to hold delicately and gently, like how you would hold an infant. A cradle is the tiny bed with rockers that the infant sleeps in.

The word cradle comes to us from the Old English word cradol, which meant "little bed or cot." And while it is important to cradle a baby's head when you pick them up out of their cradle, this word isn't all baby talk. Ever heard of ancient Greece? Otherwise known as "the cradle of democracy?" That's because the noun version of cradle can be used to poetically describe the birthplace of a movement or the area where an early idea was nurtured.

Definitions of cradle
  1. noun
    a baby bed with sides and rockers
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    baby bed, baby's bed
    a small bed for babies; enclosed by sides to prevent the baby from falling
  2. noun
    where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
    synonyms: birthplace, place of origin, provenance, provenience
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    beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
    the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  3. noun
    birth of a person
    “he was taught from the cradle never to cry”
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    type of:
    birth
    the time when something begins (especially life)
  4. verb
    hold or place in or as if in a cradle
    “He cradled the infant in his arms”
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    type of:
    hold, take hold
    have or hold in one's hands or grip
  5. verb
    hold gently and carefully
    “He cradles the child in his arms”
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    type of:
    hold, take hold
    have or hold in one's hands or grip
  6. verb
    bring up from infancy
  7. noun
    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
    synonyms: rocker
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    trough
    a long narrow shallow receptacle
  8. verb
    wash in a cradle
    cradle gold”
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    type of:
    launder, wash
    cleanse with a cleaning agent, such as soap, and water
  9. verb
    cut grain with a cradle scythe
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    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  10. verb
    control a puck or ball by moving a stick, as in hockey or lacrosse
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    type of:
    play
    participate in games or sport
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