To cradle a picture
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 nurse or train in infancy. [1913 Webster]

He that hath been cradled in majesty will not leave the throne to play with beggars. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

3. To cut and lay with a cradle, as grain. [1913 Webster]

4. To transport a vessel by means of a cradle. [1913 Webster]

In Lombardy . . . boats are cradled and transported over the grade. --Knight. [1913 Webster]

{To cradle a picture}, to put ribs across the back of a picture, to prevent the panels from warping. [1913 Webster]


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