Cradle may refer to:

Mechanical devices:

  • 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:

  • Cradle (band), a popular Malay rock band from Singapore that was formed in 1995 by four well-known musicians in the music industry at that time
  • Cradle (novel), a novel by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee
  • Cradle (song), a single released by British girl group Atomic Kitten
  • The Cradle, a 2007 horror film starring Lukas Haas and Emily Hampshire
  • Cradle of filth, an Extreme metal band from Suffolk, England
  • Cradle (circus act), an aerial circus act
  • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, a recycling and industrial management book
  • The Pleasure Seekers/Cradle#Cradle, a band that Suzi Quatro played in (in the late 1960s and early 1970s) before she became famous

As a metaphor for humanity's origins:

  • Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site near Johannesburg in South Africa, where many early hominid remains were discovered
  • Cradle of civilization, any of the various regions regarded as the earliest centers of civilization
  • Cradle of Liberty (disambiguation)


  • Cradle (circus act) (also known as aerial cradle or casting cradle), a type of aerial circus act
  • Cradle (wrestling), a very basic move in amateur wrestling
  • Cradle to Cradle, a biomimetic approach to the design of systems

Famous quotes containing the word cradle:

    You have not yet learned that in this life you have to be like everyone else: the perfect mediocrity—no better, no worse. Individuality is a monster and it must be strangled in its cradle to make our friends feel comfortable.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928)

    Willie couldn’t steal a vote from Abe Lincoln in the cradle of the Confederacy.
    Robert Rossen (1908–1966)

    It is hard to rescue a man from the slough of luxury and idleness combined. If anything can do it, it is a cradle filled annually.
    Anthony Trollope (1815–1882)