What does the word cradle mean?

Usage examples for cradle

  1. " Lay him very straight," his father used to say when the baby boy was placed on his cradle board. – Two Indian Children of Long Ago by Frances Taylor
  2. So he signified this in his cradle and gave him what he called a lucky name, to begin with. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  3. What's a miner's cradle, then? – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler