Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of rocking in a cradle; hence, nurture in infancy; the period of infancy.
  • noun In carpentry: Timber framing for sustaining the laths and plaster of a vaulted ceiling.
  • noun The framework to which the entablature of a wooden shop-front is attached.
  • noun In cooperage, the cutting of a cask in two lengthwise, so as to enable it to pass through a narrow place, the pieces being afterward united.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of using a cradle.
  • noun (Coopering) Cutting a cask into two pieces lengthwise, to enable it to pass a narrow place, the two parts being afterward united and rehooped.
  • noun (Carp.) The framework in arched or coved ceilings to which the laths are nailed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of cradle.
  • noun The act by which one cradles a child etc.
  • noun The act of using a cradle (the tool).
  • noun The cutting of a cask into two pieces lengthwise, to enable it to pass a narrow place, the two parts being afterwards united and rehooped.
  • noun carpentry The framework in arched or coved ceilings to which the laths are nailed.

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Examples

  • I walked in cradling him as far from me as possible (thank God it was warm and I was in short sleeves) and the nurses immediately escorted us past all the horrified people in the waiting room directly to an examination room to deal with the problem.

    Hold The Mustard | Her Bad Mother

  • As players run down the field with the ball, they must simultaneously rotate the stick back and forth in a motion called "cradling" to create the centrifugal force necessary to keep the ball in the pocket.

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  • As players run down the field with the ball, they must simultaneously rotate the stick back and forth in a motion called "cradling" to create the centrifugal force necessary to keep the ball in the pocket.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • It's similar to what I witnessed in Francis Collins when he talked about Jesus, his voice and expression cradling something holy.

    grrrl meets world

  • "If we could see it we could escape, but we can't," he said, cradling his 4-month-old baby, Shoma, at an evacuation center.

    Japanese Government Warns Those Nearby Nuclear Plant To Stay Indoors In Order To Avoid Radiation

  • For the rest of the night, they took turns cradling Brie in one arm and gently pulling up on the back of her neck with the other.

    The Panic Virus

  • "Every single person I handed the Oscar to did the same thing: Placed the Oscar at a tilt—one hand mid-statue, the other cradling the bottom of the base—looked to the middle distance where the television cameras would be and said, 'I'd like to thank the academy for this award…,' " Mr. Scalzi has written.

    The Statues Dreams Are Made Of

  • “Why would I break my own hand for nothing?” she yelled back, cradling it close.

    My Fair Succubi

  • Carol stumbled across uneven ground and Lucas caught her in his cradling arm.

    Ghostbusting

  • Reporters caught him dressed to go hunting and cradling a shotgun.

    The Invasion Of Iraq

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