- a hollow in the earth, especially one opening more or less horizontally into a hill, mountain, etc.
- a storage cellar, especially for wine.
- English History. a secession, or a group of seceders, from a political party on some special question.
- to hollow out.
- to cause (overlying material) to fall into a stope, sublevel, or the like.
- to cause (supports, as stulls or sets) to collapse beneath overlying material.
- to fill (a stope or the like) with caved-in material: sub-level caving.
- to cave in.
- cave in,
- to fall in; collapse.
- to cause to fall in or collapse.
- Informal.to yield; submit; surrender: The opposition caved in before our superior arguments.
Origin of cave
Examples from the Web for cavelike
Inside the cavelike buildings, stairways weave up and down, revealing strange nooks and new rooms to explore at every turn.Book a Room at Vietnam’s ‘Crazy House’
July 11, 2013
He opened a door at the back of the room and led them out into a cavelike place.Joan of the Journal
Helen Diehl Olds
It could not be much at best, for there was no furniture in the cavelike cell.The Moving Picture Boys on the War Front
Peering down the cavelike orifice that now confronted me I beheld two spectral white columns, and recognized them as my own legs.Europe Revised
Irvin S. Cobb
Once the whole party became lost in the maze of cavelike tombs far underground.The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island
"If it's even moderately well done it is interesting," and the two brothers disappeared into the cavelike apertures before them.An American Suffragette
Isaac N. Stevens
- an underground hollow with access from the ground surface or from the sea, often found in limestone areas and on rocky coastlines
- British history a secession or a group seceding from a political party on some issueSee Adullamite
- (modifier) living in caves
- (tr) to hollow out
- guard or lookout (esp in the phrase keep cave)
- watch out!
Word Origin and History for cavelike
early 13c., from Old French cave "a cave, vault, cellar" (12c.), from Latin cavea "hollow" (place), noun use of neuter plural of adjective cavus "hollow," from PIE root *keue- "a swelling, arch, cavity" (see cumulus). Replaced Old English eorðscrafu. First record of cave man is 1865.
early 15c., caven, "to hollow something out," from cave (n.). Modern sense "to collapse in or down" is 1707, American English, presumably from East Anglian dialectal calve "collapse, fall in," perhaps from Flemish; subsequently influenced by cave (n.). Transitive sense by 1762. Related: Caved; caving. Figurative sense of "yield to pressure" is from 1837.
- A naturally occurring underground hollow or passage, especially one with an opening to the surface of the Earth. Caves can form through a variety of processes, including the dissolution of limestone by flowing water, the differential cooling of volcanic magma (which occurs when the outside surface of the lava cools, but the inside continues to flow downwards, forming a hollow tube), or the action of wind and waves along a rocky coast.