Meaning of CAVE in English


— cavelike , adj.

/kayv/ , n. , v. , caved, caving .


1. a hollow in the earth, esp. one opening more or less horizontally into a hill, mountain, etc.

2. a storage cellar, esp. for wine.

3. Eng. Hist. a secession, or a group of seceders, from a political party on some special question.


4. to hollow out.

5. Mining.

a. to cause (overlying material) to fall into a stope, sublevel, or the like.

b. to cause (supports, as stulls or sets) to collapse beneath overlying material.

c. to fill (a stope or the like) with caved-in material: sub-level caving.


6. to cave in.

7. cave in ,

a. to fall in; collapse.

b. to cause to fall in or collapse.

c. Informal. to yield; submit; surrender: The opposition caved in before our superior arguments.

[ 1175-1225; ME cava (fem. sing.), L cava, neut. pl. of cavum hole, n. use of neut. of cavus hollow ]

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