- a boxlike enclosure having wires, bars, or the like, for confining and displaying birds or animals.
- anything that confines or imprisons; prison.
- something resembling a cage in structure, as for a cashier or bank teller.
- the car or enclosed platform of an elevator.
- Mining. an enclosed platform for raising and lowering people and cars in a mine shaft.
- any skeleton framework.
- Baseball. a movable backstop for use mainly in batting practice.
- a frame with a net attached to it, forming the goal in ice hockey and field hockey.
- Basketball Older Use. the basket.
- a loose, sheer or lacy overdress worn with a slip or a close-fitting dress.
- Ordnance. a steel framework for supporting guns.
- Machinery. retainer1(def 3).
- 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.
Origin of cage
Synonyms for cage
- an enclosure, usually made with bars or wire, for keeping birds, monkeys, mice, etc
- (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
- 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)
1570s, from cage (n.). Related: Caged; caging.
early 13c., from Old French cage "cage, prison; retreat, hideout" (12c.), from Latin cavea "hollow place, enclosure for animals, coop, hive, stall, dungeon, spectators' seats in the theater" (cf. Italian gabbia "basket for fowls, coop;" see cave (n.)).