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Cradle Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cradle n
  1. a baby bed with sides and rockers
  2. where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence; "the birthplace of civilization" [syn: birthplace, place of origin, provenance]
  3. birth of a person; "he was taught from the cradle never to cry"
  4. a trough on rockers used by gold miners to shake earth in water in order to separate the gold [syn: rocker] v
  5. hold gently and carefully; "He cradles the child in his arms"
  6. bring up from infancy
  7. hold or place in or as if in a cradle; "He cradled the infant in his arms"
  8. cut grain with a cradle scythe
  9. wash in a cradle; "cradle gold"
  10. run with the stick
Cradle Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Vault \Vault\ (v[add]lt; see Note, below), n. [OE. voute, OF. voute, volte, F. vo[^u]te, LL. volta, for voluta, volutio, fr. L. volvere, volutum, to roll, to turn about. See Voluble, and cf. Vault a leap, Volt a turn, Volute.]
  1. (Arch.) An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy. The long-drawn aisle and fretted vault. --Gray.
  2. An arched apartment; especially, a subterranean room, use for storing articles, for a prison, for interment, or the like; a cell; a cellar. ``Charnel vaults.'' --Milton. The silent vaults of death. --Sandys. To banish rats that haunt our vault. --Swift.
  3. The canopy of heaven; the sky. That heaven's vault should crack. --Shak.
  4. [F. volte, It. volta, originally, a turn, and the same word as volta an arch. See the Etymology above.] A leap or bound. Specifically: (a) (Man.) The bound or leap of a horse; a curvet. (b) A leap by aid of the hands, or of a pole, springboard, or the like. Note: The l in this word was formerly often suppressed in pronunciation. Barrel, Cradle, Cylindrical, or Wagon, vault (Arch.), a kind of vault having two parallel abutments, and the same section or profile at all points. It may be rampant, as over a staircase (see Rampant vault, under Rampant), or curved in plan, as around the apse of a

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Cradle'

  • Cradle: Cradle may refer to: Mechanical devices: Bassinet , a small bed, often on rockers, in which babies and small children sleep. Ship cradle , ...
  • Cradle of civilization: The cradle of civilization is a term referring to any of the possible locations for the emergence of civilization . It is usually applied to ...
  • Cradle (grain): A cradle (also called cradle scythe, or grain cradle) is an agricultural tool, a form of the scythe , used to reap grain. It is a scythe ...
  • Cradle (song): "Cradle" is the second single by Atomic Kitten , originally released only in Asia and reaching number one there. 2005 version ...
  • Cradle (circus act): The cradle (also known as aerial cradle or casting cradle) is a type of aerial circus act in which a performer hangs by his or her knees ...

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* Solitude, in the sense of being often alone, is essential to any depth of meditation or of character and solitude in the presence of natural beauty and grandeur, is the cradle of thought and aspirations which are not only good for the individual, but which society could ill do without. - John Stuart Mill

* The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Albert Einstein

* The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid. - Martin Luther

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