cradle - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a small bed for a baby that you can move gently from side to side
  2. 2
    a place where something began

    a region that is regarded as the cradle of African culture

  3. 3
    British a piece of equipment for standing on while moving up and down the outside of a tall building, for example in order to clean windows
  4. 4
    a structure used for supporting something that is being built or repaired, such as a ship
  5. 5
    the place on a telephone where you put the receiver when you are not using it