Cradling
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Cradling — Cra dling ( dl?ng), n. 1. The act of using a cradle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Coopering) Cutting a cask into two pieces lengthwise, to enable it to pass a narrow place, the two parts being afterward united and rehooped. [1913 Webster] 3. (Carp.) The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cradling — was a gold mining technique used by gold miners in the 1800s. Otherwise known as a rocker, the cradle does indeed resemble a child s cradle.It must be manipulated carefully, to prevent losing the gold. Although big, and difficult to move, the… …   Wikipedia

  • cradling — /krayd l ing/, n. framework for supporting a coved or vaulted ceiling. [1810 20; CRADLE + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • cradling — n. framework for supporting a coved or vaulted ceiling cra·dle || kreɪdl n. baby bed, crib v. hold and fondle lovingly or protectively; lay in cradle; rock soothingly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cradling — /ˈkreɪdlɪŋ/ (say kraydling) noun 1. Architecture a framework of wood, fixed round beams or columns to receive a casing. 2. Lacrosse the technique of swinging the crosse while running so the ball is kept in the net …   Australian English dictionary

  • cradling — n. Archit. a wooden or iron framework, esp. one used as a structural support in a ceiling …   Useful english dictionary

  • Brian Keenan (writer) — Brian Keenan (b. 1951 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish writer whose work includes the book An Evil Cradling , an account of the four and a half years he spent as a hostage in Beirut, Lebanon from from April 11, 1986 to August 24 1990. [… …   Wikipedia

  • Swath — (sw[add]th; 277), n. [AS. swa[eth]u a track, trace; akin to D. zwaad, zwad, zwade, a swath of grass, G. schwad, schwaden; perhaps, originally, a shred. Cf. {Swathe}, v. t.] 1. A line of grass or grain cut and thrown together by the scythe in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swath bank — Swath Swath (sw[add]th; 277), n. [AS. swa[eth]u a track, trace; akin to D. zwaad, zwad, zwade, a swath of grass, G. schwad, schwaden; perhaps, originally, a shred. Cf. {Swathe}, v. t.] 1. A line of grass or grain cut and thrown together by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cradle — I. noun Etymology: Middle English cradel, from Old English cradol; perhaps akin to Old High German kratto basket, Sanskrit grantha knot Date: before 12th century 1. a. a bed or cot for a baby usually on rockers or pivots b. a framework or support …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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