Origin of caving
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of cave
Related Words for cavingdefer, surrender, agree, acknowledge, quit, perish, wilt, buckle, yield, bow, cease, capitulate, kowtow, acquiesce, comply, relent, bend, accept, succumb, admit
Examples from the Web for caving
Contemporary Examples of caving
What remains is just bigotry, and probably a spiteful resistance to being seen as caving in to the relativists.The Grotesque Ban On Gays In New York’s St Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, 2014
Caving on the debt limit in 2011 was the political low point of his presidency.The Era of Republican Hostage-Taking Is Over
February 11, 2014
But caving in the current standoff could cost Boehner his speakership anyway.Dems, Seize the Moment and Negotiate Now
October 7, 2013
There seems to me a chance—a small chance at this point, but a chance—that the roof is caving in here.Michael Tomasky on How Obama Needs to Make Mitt Unacceptable Again
October 10, 2012
Anderson fired back, accusing his friend of giving up his own personal integrity and “caving to his handlers.”Why Salt Lake's Mayor Lost Faith in Mitt
August 19, 2011
Historical Examples of caving
For a minute I felt like caving in his head, then and there, with the golf club I carried.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
But as to caving in to Crofter as the cost of my shelter, they drew the line at that.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
The banks are caving and the shape of the shores changing like everything.Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Fainting was the prelude to caving in, with the women he knew.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The hay had been wet and was frozen, so there was no danger of its caving down on me.Track's End
- the sport of climbing in and exploring caves
- 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
- (tr) to hollow out
Word Origin for cave
- guard or lookout (esp in the phrase keep cave)
- watch out!
Word Origin for cave
Word Origin and History for caving
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.
- 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.