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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Vault  \Vault\  (v[add]lt;  see  Note,  below),  n.  [OE.  voute,  OF 
  voute,  volte,  F.  vo[^u]te,  LL  volta,  for  voluta,  volutio, 
  fr  L.  volvere  volutum  to  roll,  to  turn  about  See 
  {Voluble},  and  cf  {Vault}  a  leap,  {Volt}  a  turn,  {Volute}.] 
  1.  (Arch.)  An  arched  structure  of  masonry,  forming  a  ceiling 
  or  canopy. 
 
  The  long-drawn  aisle  and  fretted  vault.  --Gray. 
 
  2.  An  arched  apartment;  especially,  a  subterranean  room  use 
  for  storing  articles,  for  a  prison,  for  interment,  or  the 
  like  a  cell;  a  cellar.  ``Charnel  vaults.''  --Milton. 
 
  The  silent  vaults  of  death.  --Sandys. 
 
  To  banish  rats  that  haunt  our  vault.  --Swift. 
 
  3.  The  canopy  of  heaven;  the  sky. 
 
  That  heaven's  vault  should  crack.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  [F.  volte,  It  volta,  originally,  a  turn,  and  the  same 
  word  as  volta  an  arch.  See  the  Etymology  above.]  A  leap  or 
  bound.  Specifically: 
  a  (Man.)  The  bound  or  leap  of  a  horse;  a  curvet. 
  b  A  leap  by  aid  of  the  hands,  or  of  a  pole,  springboard, 
  or  the  like 
 
  Note:  The  l  in  this  word  was  formerly  often  suppressed  in 
  pronunciation. 
 
  {Barrel},  {Cradle},  {Cylindrical},  or  {Wagon},  {vault} 
  (Arch.),  a  kind  of  vault  having  two  parallel  abutments, 
  and  the  same  section  or  profile  at  all  points.  It  may  be 
  rampant,  as  over  a  staircase  (see  {Rampant  vault},  under 
  {Rampant}),  or  curved  in  plan  as  around  the  apse  of  a 
  church. 
 
  {Coved  vault}.  (Arch.)  See  under  1st  {Cove},  v.  t. 
 
  {Groined  vault}  (Arch.),  a  vault  having  groins,  that  is  one 
  in  which  different  cylindrical  surfaces  intersect  one 
  another,  as  distinguished  from  a  barrel,  or  wagon,  vault. 
 
 
  {Rampant  vault}.  (Arch.)  See  under  {Rampant}. 
 
  {Ribbed  vault}  (Arch.),  a  vault  differing  from  others  in 
  having  solid  ribs  which  bear  the  weight  of  the  vaulted 
  surface.  True  Gothic  vaults  are  of  this  character. 
 
  {Vault  light},  a  partly  glazed  plate  inserted  in  a  pavement 
  or  ceiling  to  admit  light  to  a  vault  below. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cradle  \Cra"dle\  (kr[=a]d'l),  n.  [AS.  cradel,  cradol,  prob.  from 
  Celtic;  cf  Gael.  creathall  Ir  craidhal  W.  cryd  a  shaking 
  or  rocking,  a  cradle;  perh.  akin  to  E.  crate.] 
  1.  A  bed  or  cot  for  a  baby,  oscillating  on  rockers  or 
  swinging  on  pivots;  hence  the  place  of  origin,  or  in 
  which  anything  is  nurtured  or  protected  in  the  earlier 
  period  of  existence;  as  a  cradle  of  crime;  the  cradle  of 
  liberty. 
 
  The  cradle  that  received  thee  at  thy  birth. 
  --Cowper. 
 
  No  sooner  was  I  crept  out  of  my  cradle  But  I  was 
  made  a  king,  at  nine  months  old  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Infancy,  or  very  early  life. 
 
  From  their  cradles  bred  together.  --Shak. 
 
  A  form  of  worship  in  which  they  had  been  educated 
  from  their  cradles.  --Clarendon. 
 
  3.  (Agric.)  An  implement  consisting  of  a  broad  scythe  for 
  cutting  grain,  with  a  set  of  long  fingers  parallel  to  the 
  scythe,  designed  to  receive  the  grain,  and  to  lay  it 
  evenly  in  a  swath. 
 
  4.  (Engraving)  A  tool  used  in  mezzotint  engraving,  which  by 
  a  rocking  motion,  raises  burrs  on  the  surface  of  the 
  plate,  so  preparing  the  ground. 
 
  5.  A  framework  of  timbers,  or  iron  bars,  moving  upon  ways  or 
  rollers,  used  to  support,  lift,  or  carry  ships  or  other 
  vessels,  heavy  guns,  etc.,  as  up  an  inclined  plane,  or 
  across  a  strip  of  land,  or  in  launching  a  ship. 
 
  6.  (Med.) 
  a  A  case  for  a  broken  or  dislocated  limb. 
  b  A  frame  to  keep  the  bedclothes  from  contact  with  the 
  person. 
 
  7.  (Mining) 
  a  A  machine  on  rockers,  used  in  washing  out  auriferous 
  earth;  --  also  called  a  {rocker}.  [U.S.] 
  b  A  suspended  scaffold  used  in  shafts. 
 
  8.  (Carp.)  The  ribbing  for  vaulted  ceilings  and  arches 
  intended  to  be  covered  with  plaster.  --Knight. 
 
  9.  (Naut.)  The  basket  or  apparatus  in  which  when  a  line  has 
  been  made  fast  to  a  wrecked  ship  from  the  shore,  the 
  people  are  brought  off  from  the  wreck. 
 
  {Cat's  cradle}.  See  under  {Cat}. 
 
  {Cradle  hole},  a  sunken  place  in  a  road,  caused  by  thawing, 
  or  by  travel  over  a  soft  spot. 
 
  {Cradle  scythe},  a  broad  scythe  used  in  a  cradle  for  cutting 
  grain. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cradle  \Cra"dle\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Cradled}  (-d'ld);  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Cradling}  (-dl?ng).] 
  1.  To  lay  to  rest,  or  rock,  as  in  a  cradle;  to  lull  or  quiet, 
  as  by  rocking. 
 
  It  cradles  their  fears  to  sleep.  --D.  A.  Clark. 
 
  2.  To  nurse  or  train  in  infancy. 
 
  He  that  hath  been  cradled  in  majesty  will  not  leave 
  the  throne  to  play  with  beggars.  --Glanvill. 
 
  3.  To  cut  and  lay  with  a  cradle,  as  grain. 
 
  4.  To  transport  a  vessel  by  means  of  a  cradle. 
 
  In  Lombardy  .  .  .  boats  are  cradled  and  transported 
  over  the  grade.  --Knight. 
 
  {To  cradle  a  picture},  to  put  ribs  across  the  back  of  a 
  picture,  to  prevent  the  panels  from  warping. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cradle  \Cra"dle\,  v.  i. 
  To  lie  or  lodge,  as  in  a  cradle. 
 
  Withered  roots  and  husks  wherein  the  acorn  cradled. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cradle 
  n  1:  a  baby's  bed  with  sides  and  rockers 
  2:  where  something  originated  or  was  nurtured  in  its  early 
  existence;  "the  birthplace  of  civilization"  [syn:  {birthplace}, 
  {place  of  origin},  {provenance}] 
  3:  birth  of  a  person;  "he  was  taught  from  the  cradle  never  to 
  cry" 
  v  1:  hold  gently  and  carefully;  "He  cradles  the  child  in  his 
  arms" 
  2:  bring  up  from  infancy 
  3:  rock  or  place  in  or  as  if  in  a  cradle;  "He  cradled  the 
  infant  in  his  arms"  [syn:  {rock}] 
  4:  cut  grain  with  a  cradle  scythe 
  5:  wash  in  a  cradle;  of  gold 
  6:  run  with  the  stick,  in  Lacrosse 




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