- The definition of a cave is a hollow place, particularly one inside the earth.
- An example of a cave is where bats live.
- An example of a cave is a wine cellar which has been cut into a hillside.
- Cave is defined as to hollow out, to explore hollowed out places, or to give in.
- An example of cave is to hollow out a pumpkin.
- An example of cave is to explore caverns in a mountain.
- An example of cave is for a parent to give in to her teenager's pleas for a later curfew.
The entrance to a cave.
Origin of caveMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin cava, feminine of cavus, hollow ; from Indo-European base an unverified form eu-, a swelling, arch, cavity
- to cave in
- to explore caves
- to fall or sink in or down; collapse
- to make collapse
- Informal to give way; give in; yield
- A hollow or natural passage under or into the earth, especially one with an opening to the surface.
- A storage cellar, especially for wine.
verbcaved caved, cav·ing, caves
- To dig or hollow out.
- To cause to collapse or fall in. Often used with in: The impact caved in the roof of the car.
- To fall in; collapse. Often used with in: The walls caved in during the earthquake.
- To give up all opposition; yield. Often used with in: The school committee caved in to the demands of parents.
- To explore caves.
Origin of caveMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin cava, from neuter pl. of cavus, hollow; see keu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A large, naturally-occurring cavity formed underground, or in the face of a cliff or a hillside.
- We found a cave on the mountainside where we could take shelter.
- A hole, depression, or gap in earth or rock, whether natural or man-made.
- A storage cellar, especially for wine or cheese.
- This wine has been aged in our cave for thirty years.
- A place of retreat, such as a man cave.
- My room was a cozy cave where I could escape from my family.
- (caving) A naturally-occurring cavity in bedrock which is large enough to be entered by an adult.
- It was not strictly a cave, but a narrow fissure in the rock.
- (nuclear physics) A shielded area where nuclear experiments can be carried out.
- (drilling, uncountable) Debris, particularly broken rock, which falls into a drill hole and interferes with drilling.
- (mining) A collapse or cave-in.
- (figuratively, also slang) The vagina.
- (slang, politics, often "Cave") A group that breaks from a larger political party or faction on a particular issue.
(third-person singular simple present caves, present participle caving, simple past and past participle caved)
- To surrender.
- He caved under pressure.
- To collapse.
- First the braces buckled, then the roof began to cave, then we ran.
- To hollow out or undermine.
- The levee has been severely caved by the river current.
- To engage in the recreational exploration of caves; to spelunk.
- I have caved from Yugoslavia to Kentucky.
- Let's go caving this weekend.
- (mining) In room-and-pillar mining, to extract a deposit of rock by breaking down a pillar which had been holding it in place.
- The deposit is caved by knocking out the posts.
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman cave, from Latin cava (“cavity”), from cavus (“hollow”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱówHwos (“cavity”) (compare Irish cúas (“hollow, cavity”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱówH- (compare Tocharian B throat (k), Albanian cup (“odd, uneven”), Ancient Greek κύαρ (kýar, “eye of needle, earhole”), Old Armenian սոր (sor, “hole”), Sanskrit शून्य (śūnya, “empty, barren, zero”)).
From Latin cavē, second-person singular present active imperative of caveō (“to beware”).
cave - Computer Definition
(Computer Automatic Virtual Environment) A virtual reality system that uses projectors to display images on three or four walls and the floor. Special glasses make everything appear as 3D images and also track the path of the user's vision. CAVE was the first virtual reality system to let multiple users participate in the experience simultaneously. Known as a "spatially immersive display," it was developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois in the early 1990s. See head mounted display and virtual reality.