- a boxlike enclosure having wires, bars, or the like, for confining and displaying birds or animals.
- anything that confines or imprisons; prison.
- something resembling a cage in structure, as for a cashier or bank teller.
- the car or enclosed platform of an elevator.
- Mining. an enclosed platform for raising and lowering people and cars in a mine shaft.
- any skeleton framework.
- Baseball. a movable backstop for use mainly in batting practice.
- a frame with a net attached to it, forming the goal in ice hockey and field hockey.
- Basketball Older Use. the basket.
- a loose, sheer or lacy overdress worn with a slip or a close-fitting dress.
- Ordnance. a steel framework for supporting guns.
- Machinery. retainer1(def 3).
- to put or confine in or as if in a cage.
- Sports. to shoot (as a puck) into a cage so as to score a goal.
Origin of cage
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Examples from the Web for caging
The rise of large and organized states seems to be a universal response to caging.
The sociologist Michael Mann called this process by which wars create larger and more productive societies “caging.”
To attempt control of Tatsu was like caging a storm in bamboo bars.The Dragon Painter
Mary McNeil Fenollosa
"Jennie is very fond of you, Jack," said Mr. Tuptale, caging his fingers.Skippy Bedelle
Which you would like to prove to us by caging ourselves, eh?Willis the Pilot
"That is the saddest part of caging wild birds," said the Doctor.Citizen Bird
Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
Not a chestnut tree nor hazel within the garth but was limed and netted for the caging of this bird.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France
Marie de France
- an enclosure, usually made with bars or wire, for keeping birds, monkeys, mice, etc
- (as modifier)cagebird
- a thing or place that confines or imprisons
- something resembling a cage in function or structurethe rib cage
- the enclosed platform of a lift, esp as used in a mine
- engineering a skeleton ring device that ensures that the correct amount of space is maintained between the individual rollers or balls in a rolling bearing
- informal the basket used in basketball
- informal the goal in ice hockey
- US a steel framework on which guns are supported
- rattle someone's cage informal to upset or anger someone
- (tr) to confine in or as in a cage
- John. 1912–92, US composer of experimental music for a variety of conventional, modified, or invented instruments. He evolved a type of music apparently undetermined by the composer, such as in Imaginary Landscape (1951) for 12 radio sets. Other works include Reunion (1968), Apartment Building 1776 (1976), and Europeras 3 and 4 (1990)
Word Origin and History for caging
1570s, from cage (n.). Related: Caged; caging.
early 13c., from Old French cage "cage, prison; retreat, hideout" (12c.), from Latin cavea "hollow place, enclosure for animals, coop, hive, stall, dungeon, spectators' seats in the theater" (cf. Italian gabbia "basket for fowls, coop;" see cave (n.)).