"cradles" in the noun sense
a baby bed with sides and rockers
2. birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance, provenience
where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
"the birthplace of civilization"
birth of a person
"he was taught from the cradle never to cry"
4. rocker, cradle
a trough that can be rocked back and forth used by gold miners to shake auriferous earth in water in order to separate the gold
"cradles" in the verb sense
hold gently and carefully
"He cradles the child in his arms"
bring up from infancy
hold or place in or as if in a cradle
"He cradled the infant in his arms"
cut grain with a cradle scythe
wash in a cradle
run with the stick
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