cradle


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cradle

1. a frame, rest, or trolley made to support or transport a piece of equipment, aircraft, ship, etc.
2. a platform, cage, or trolley, in which workmen are suspended on the side of a building or ship
3. a holder connected to a computer allowing data to be transferred from a PDA, digital camera, etc.
4. another name for creeper
5. a framework used to prevent the bedclothes from touching a sensitive part of an injured person

cradle

[′krād·əl]
(civil engineering)
A structure that moves along an inclined track on a riverbank and is equipped with a horizontal deck carrying tracks for transferring railroad cars to and from boats at different water elevations.
(engineering)
A framework or other resting place for supporting or restraining objects.
(ordnance)
The nonrecoiling structure of a weapon that houses the recoiling parts and rotates to elevate the gun.
(textiles)
A device that catches the cards as they fall from a jacquard head.

cradle

2. The structural support for a pipe which is placed below and to one side of the pipe.

cradle

A holder into which a portable device is placed. Cradles typically have a plug or socket that matches up with the connector on the unit. The term often refers to cradles in a dock that hold smartphones and tablets for transferring content and charging. Cradles are also used to charge the removable batteries in digital cameras and cordless hand tools. See Apple dock, Android dock and HDD cradle.
References in classic literature ?
And you were cut out for a bachelor," pursued Miss Pross, "before you were put in your cradle.
After that, she took the baby out of its little cradle, and nursed it.
Pocket to be brought up from her cradle as one who in the nature of things must marry a title, and who was to be guarded from the acquisition of plebeian domestic knowledge.
But her arms had not yet relaxed their instinctive clutch; and the little one slumbered on as gently as if it had been rocked in a lace-trimmed cradle.
Her mother and she contrived to fit up the baby's cradle for me against night: the cradle was put into a small drawer of a cabinet, and the drawer placed upon a hanging shelf for fear of the rats.
Sometimes the Angel leans over their cradle, as happened to Lotte, and that is how there are little prodigies who play the fiddle at six better than men at fifty, which, you must admit, is very wonderful.
No cradle is so comfortable as the long, rocking swell of the Pacific.
When at last a little boy, beautiful as the sun, was born, they laid him in his cradle and carried it down to a canal which passed through the grounds of the palace.
The Fairy godmother, who took the deepest interest in all the Queen's concerns, and who was much pleased with the little Prince, endowed him with the power of pleasing everybody from his cradle, as well as with a wonderful ease in learning everything which could help to make him a perfectly accomplished Prince.
HUNCA MUNCA left them behind the coal- box, and went to fetch a cradle.
He is the same, senora," replied Sancho; "and that squire of his who figures, or ought to figure, in the said history under the name of Sancho Panza, is myself, unless they have changed me in the cradle, I mean in the press.
By a judicious use of this Law of Nature, the Polygons and Circles are almost always able to stifle sedition in its very cradle, taking advantage of the irrepressible and boundless hopefulness of the human mind.