What is the meaning of the word cradle?

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Meanings & Definitions
  1. infant's crib, typically mounted rockers
  2. infancy
  3. place, process, event which something originates flourishes
  4. framework resembling cradle, particular
  5. framework which ship boat rests during construction repairs
  6. part telephone which receiver rests when
  7. trough rockers which auriferous earth sand shaken water separate gold
  8. hold gently and protectively
  9. place origin
  10. place (a telephone receiver) cradle
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