verb (used with object), caved, cav·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), caved, cav·ing.
- 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 cave
Contemporary Examples of cave
Cast Angelina Jolie in that role with Brad Pitt as the cave hubbie, and maybe we have a blockbuster in the making.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
November 23, 2014
The existence of the images—which resemble the styles and themes found in European cave art—has been known for some time.The Oldest Cave Art May Not Be in Europe
October 9, 2014
It was dark, dank, the walls charcoal-colored, the feeling of a cave.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
Its name translates to “Cave of the Stone Sepulcher,” but locally it is called by a nickname that means “a place of fear.”
Ironically, the first archaeologist to explore the cave had a connection to the most legendary fictional explorer.
Historical Examples of cave
He is silent and abstracted, like one just returned from the cave of Trophonius.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Quite often the cave gave way to the pressure of the surrounding rock.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
She then returned to the mouth of the cave, and knelt down at Richard Digby's feet.
But he thrust his head into the cave, shivered, and congratulated himself.
Tse-tse talked to the girl, of all things, about the love-gift she had put in the cave for me.The Trail Book
Word Origin for cave
Word Origin for cave
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.