- a box or enclosed structure made of wires, bars, etc., for confining birds or animals
- a fenced-in area as for confining prisoners of war
- any openwork structure or frame, as some elevator cars
- Archaic a jail
- Baseball batting cage
- Hockey the network frame that is the goal
Origin of cageMiddle English and Old French from Classical Latin cavea, hollow place, cage from cavus, hollow: see cave
transitive verbcaged, cag′ing
to put or confine, as in a cage
1912-92; U.S. composer
- A structure for confining birds or animals, enclosed on at least one side by a grating of wires or bars that lets in air and light.
- A barred room or fenced enclosure for confining prisoners.
- An enclosing openwork structure: placed a protective cage over the sapling; a bank teller's cage.
- A skeletal support, as for a building; a framework.
- An elevator car.
- a. Baseball A batting cage.b. Sports A goal, as in hockey or soccer, made of a net attached to a frame.
transitive verbcaged, cag·ing, cag·es
To put or confine in or as if in a cage. See Synonyms at enclose.
Origin of cageMiddle English from Old French from Latin cavea
- an enclosure made of bars, normally to hold animals.
- We keep a bird in a cage.
- The tigers are in a cage to protect the public.
- The most dangerous prisoners are locked away in a cage.
- the passenger compartment of a lift
- (field hockey or ice hockey, water polo) the goal.
- (US derogatory slang) automobile
- (figuratively) Something that hinders freedom.
- (athletics) The area from which competitors throw a discus or hammer.
- An outer framework of timber, enclosing something within it.
- the cage of a staircase
- (engineering) A skeleton frame to limit the motion of a loose piece, such as a ball valve.
- A wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes.
- (mining) The drum on which the rope is wound in a hoisting whim.
- (baseball) The catcher's wire mask.
(third-person singular simple present cages, present participle caging, simple past and past participle caged)
- To put into a cage.
- To keep in a cage.
- To track individual responses to direct mail, either (advertising) to maintain and develop mailing lists or (politics) to identify people who are not eligible to vote because they do not reside at the registered addresses.
- (figuratively) To restrict someone's movement or creativity.
From Old French cage, from Latin cavea.