a small bed for a baby, especially one that moves gently from side to side [↪ cot]:
She rocked the cradle to quieten the child.
the place where something important began:
Athens is often regarded as the cradle of democracy.
all through your life:
From cradle to grave, the car marks every rite of American passage.
the beginning of something:
Like most Catholic children, he had heard stories of Ireland from the cradle.
a structure that is used to lift something heavy up or down:
a window-cleaner's cradle
the part of a telephone where you put the receiver when you are not using it:
She replaced the receiver on the cradle.