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.
to fall in; collapse.
to cause to fall in or collapse.
Informal. to yield; submit; surrender: The opposition caved in before our superior arguments.
- cavelike, adjective
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How to use cave in a sentence
And it might be what Islamists complain about while sitting in their caves.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too | John Avlon | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I just want to be as brave to go and explore my own brain caves in that way.The Punk Behind Iran's Only Vampire Spaghetti Western-Style Love Story | Melissa Leon | November 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The ancient Maya believed that the underworld of caves was home to gods that controlled rainfall and harvest bounties.The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans Is Open for Visitors | Nina Strochlic | August 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Human remains have also been unearthed in surrounding caves, but they seem to have been given proper burials.The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans Is Open for Visitors | Nina Strochlic | August 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Did you make up any imaginary friends while you were in the caves?Scott Haze on Playing a Necrophiliac in ‘Child of God’ and Naked Paintballing with James Franco | Melissa Leon | August 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many of the text illustrations of this volume are reproductions of originals found in the caves and rock shelters of France.K.The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Buzot was then an exile, pursued by unrelenting fury, and concealed in the caves of St. Emilion.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
In most cases the roofs over these sea caves fall in, so that the structure is known as a chasm.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
The only remains of primitive man known are those found in caves and rock shelters.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
I know there were a lot of huge subterranean caves discovered in 1909, Gale answered.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O | Clair Blank
British Dictionary definitions for cave (1 of 2)
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 issue: See Adullamite
(modifier) living in caves
(tr) to hollow out
British Dictionary definitions for cave (2 of 2)
guard or lookout (esp in the phrase keep cave)
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Scientific definitions for cave
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.
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