Meaning of CAGE in English


I. ˈkāj noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin cavea cavity, cage, from cavus hollow — more at cave

Date: 13th century

1. : a box or enclosure having some openwork for confining or carrying animals (as birds)


a. : a barred cell for confining prisoners

b. : a fenced area for prisoners of war

3. : a framework serving as support

the steel cage of a skyscraper


a. : an enclosure resembling a cage in form or purpose

a cashier's cage

b. : an arrangement of atoms or molecules so bonded as to enclose a space in which another atom or ion (as of a metal) can reside


a. : batting cage

b. : a goal consisting of posts or a frame with a net attached (as in ice hockey)

6. : a large building containing an area for practicing outdoor sports and often adapted for indoor events

• cage·ful -ˌfu̇l noun

II. transitive verb

( caged ; cag·ing )

Date: 1556

1. : to confine or keep in or as if in a cage

2. : to drive (as a puck) into a cage and score a goal

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.