What is Cradle ?
Cradle is (noun) 1. a baby’s bed which can be rocked She rocked the baby to sleep in its cradle. from the cradle to the grave for the whole of your life The government is abandoning the cradle-to-grave insurance scheme. 2. a support for a piece of machinery 3. a place where something started Greece is the cradle of Western civilisation.(verb) to hold something gently in your arms or hands The little girl was cradling her doll.
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level