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  1. present participle of cradle
    The woman was cradling the baby in the crook of her arm as she fed it.


cradling (plural cradlings)

  1. The act by which one cradles a child etc.
    • 1967, Stuart A. Altmann, Social communication among primates
      About four thousand cradlings were observed among five mother-infant pairs during the first 15 weeks of each infant's life.
  2. The act of using a cradle (the tool).
  3. (coopering) The cutting of a cask into two pieces lengthwise, to enable it to pass a narrow place, the two parts being afterwards united and rehooped.
  4. (carpentry) The framework in arched or coved ceilings to which the laths are nailed.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cradling in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)