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Cradle may refer to:

Mechanical devices[edit]

  • Bassinet, a small bed, often on rockers, in which babies and small children sleep
  • Ship cradle, supports a ship that is dry docked
  • Cradle (grain), in agriculture is a device based upon a scythe to cleanly reap and harvest grain
  • Cradle (mining), used to separate gold from other rocks
  • Newton's cradle, a device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy via a series of swinging spheres

Arts and literature[edit]

A metaphor for humanity's origins[edit]