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cradle  


      n  
1    a baby's bed with enclosed sides, often with a hood and rockers  
2    a place where something originates or is nurtured during its early life  
the cradle of civilization     
3    the earliest period of life  
they knew each other from the cradle     
4    a frame, rest, or trolley made to support or transport a piece of equipment, aircraft, ship, etc.  
5    a platform, cage, or trolley, in which workmen are suspended on the side of a building or ship  
6    the part of a telephone on which the handset rests when not in use  
7       another name for       creeper       5  
8      (Agriculture)  
a    a framework of several wooden fingers attached to a scythe to gather the grain into bunches as it is cut  
b    a scythe equipped with such a cradle; cradle scythe  
c    a collar of wooden fingers that prevents a horse or cow from turning its head and biting itself  
9      (Also called)    rocker   a boxlike apparatus for washing rocks, sand, etc., containing gold or gem stones  
10      (Engraving)   a tool that produces the pitted surface of a copper mezzotint plate before the design is engraved upon it  
11    a framework used to prevent the bedclothes from touching a sensitive part of an injured person  
12    from the cradle to the grave   throughout life  
      vb  
13    tr   to rock or place in or as if in a cradle; hold tenderly  
14    tr   to nurture in or bring up from infancy  
15    tr   to replace (the handset of a telephone) on the cradle  
16    to reap (grain) with a cradle scythe  
17    tr   to wash (soil bearing gold, etc.) in a cradle  
18      (Lacrosse)   to keep (the ball) in the net of the stick, esp. while running with it  
     (Old English cradol; related to Old High German kratto basket)  
  cradler      n  


cat's cradle  
      n   a game played by making intricate patterns with a loop of string between the fingers  
cradle cap  
      n   a form of seborrhoea of the scalp common in young babies,   (Technical name)    crusta lactea  
cradle snatcher  
      n  
Informal   someone who marries or has an affair with a much younger person  
Newton's cradle  
      n   an ornamental puzzle consisting of a frame in which five metal balls are suspended in such a way that when one is moved it sets all the others in motion in turn  
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creeper  
      n  
1    a person or animal that creeps  
2    a plant, such as the ivy or periwinkle, that grows by creeping  
3       the U.S. and Canadian name for the       tree creeper  
4    a hooked instrument for dragging deep water  
5      (Also called)    cradle          a flat board or framework mounted on casters, used to lie on when working under cars  
6      (Also called)    daisycutter     (Cricket)   a bowled ball that keeps low or travels along the ground  
7    either of a pair of low iron supports for logs in a hearth  
8    Informal   a shoe with a soft sole  


cat's cradle  
      n   a game played by making intricate patterns with a loop of string between the fingers  
cradle  
      n  
1    a baby's bed with enclosed sides, often with a hood and rockers  
2    a place where something originates or is nurtured during its early life  
the cradle of civilization     
3    the earliest period of life  
they knew each other from the cradle     
4    a frame, rest, or trolley made to support or transport a piece of equipment, aircraft, ship, etc.  
5    a platform, cage, or trolley, in which workmen are suspended on the side of a building or ship  
6    the part of a telephone on which the handset rests when not in use  
7       another name for       creeper       5  
8      (Agriculture)  
a    a framework of several wooden fingers attached to a scythe to gather the grain into bunches as it is cut  
b    a scythe equipped with such a cradle; cradle scythe  
c    a collar of wooden fingers that prevents a horse or cow from turning its head and biting itself  
9      (Also called)    rocker   a boxlike apparatus for washing rocks, sand, etc., containing gold or gem stones  
10      (Engraving)   a tool that produces the pitted surface of a copper mezzotint plate before the design is engraved upon it  
11    a framework used to prevent the bedclothes from touching a sensitive part of an injured person  
12    from the cradle to the grave   throughout life  
      vb  
13    tr   to rock or place in or as if in a cradle; hold tenderly  
14    tr   to nurture in or bring up from infancy  
15    tr   to replace (the handset of a telephone) on the cradle  
16    to reap (grain) with a cradle scythe  
17    tr   to wash (soil bearing gold, etc.) in a cradle  
18      (Lacrosse)   to keep (the ball) in the net of the stick, esp. while running with it  
     (Old English cradol; related to Old High German kratto basket)  
  cradler      n  
cradle cap  
      n   a form of seborrhoea of the scalp common in young babies,   (Technical name)    crusta lactea  
cradle snatcher  
      n  
Informal   someone who marries or has an affair with a much younger person  
Newton's cradle  
      n   an ornamental puzzle consisting of a frame in which five metal balls are suspended in such a way that when one is moved it sets all the others in motion in turn  

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cradle  


      n  
1    bassinet, cot, crib, Moses basket  
2      (figurative)   beginning, birthplace, fount, fountainhead, origin, source, spring, wellspring  
      vb  
3    hold, lull, nestle, nurse, rock, support  
4    nourish, nurture, tend, watch over  

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