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Dictionary definition for: Cradle

1. (n) a baby bed with sides and rockers

2. (v) hold gently and carefully; "He cradles the child in his arms"

3. (n) where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence; "the birthplace of civilization"

4. (v) bring up from infancy

5. (n) birth of a person; "he was taught from the cradle never to cry"

6. (v) hold or place in or as if in a cradle; "He cradled the infant in his arms"

7. (n) a trough on rockers used by gold miners to shake earth in water in order to separate the gold

8. (v) cut grain with a cradle scythe

9. (v) wash in a cradle; "cradle gold"

10. (v) run with the stick

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