verb (used with object), caged, cag·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. café-au-lait spot,
  2. cag,
  3. cag-handed,
  4. caganer,
  5. cagayan de oro,
  6. cage bird,
  7. cage fighting,
  8. cage zone melting,
  9. cage, john,
  10. caged

Origin of cage

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin cavea birdcage, equivalent to cav(us) hollow + -ea, feminine of -eus adj. suffix

Related formscage·less, adjectivecage·like, adjectivere·cage, verb (used with object), re·caged, re·cag·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for caging

British Dictionary definitions for caging



  1. an enclosure, usually made with bars or wire, for keeping birds, monkeys, mice, etc
  2. (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

Word Origin for cage

C13: from Old French, from Latin cavea enclosure, from cavus hollow



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)
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Word Origin and History for caging
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