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 for To cradle a picture
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              It cradles their fears to sleep.      --D. A. Clark.
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     2. To nurse or train in infancy.
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              He that hath been cradled in majesty will not leave
              the throne to play with beggars.      --Glanvill.
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     3. To cut and lay with a cradle, as grain.
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     4. To transport a vessel by means of a cradle.
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              In Lombardy . . . boats are cradled and transported
              over the grade.                       --Knight.
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     To cradle a picture, to put ribs across the back of a
        picture, to prevent the panels from warping.
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