caving

[ key-ving ]
/ ˈkeɪ vɪŋ /

noun

Origin of caving

First recorded in 1865–70; cave + -ing1

Definition for caving (2 of 2)

Origin of cave

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin cava (feminine singular), Latin cava, neuter plural of cavum hole, noun use of neuter of cavus hollow

Related forms

cave·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for caving (1 of 3)

caving

/ (ˈkeɪvɪŋ) /

noun

the sport of climbing in and exploring caves

Derived Forms

caver, noun

British Dictionary definitions for caving (2 of 3)

cave

1
/ (keɪv) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to hollow out
See also cave in, caving

Word Origin for cave

C13: from Old French, from Latin cava, plural of cavum cavity, from cavus hollow

British Dictionary definitions for caving (3 of 3)

cave

2
/ (ˈkeɪvɪ) British school slang /

noun

guard or lookout (esp in the phrase keep cave)

sentence substitute

watch out!

Word Origin for cave

from Latin cavē! beware!
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Science definitions for caving

cave

[ kāv ]

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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