Cage meaning

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A barred room or fenced enclosure for confining prisoners.
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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.
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A skeletal support, as for a building; a framework.
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An enclosing openwork structure.

Placed a protective cage over the sapling; a bank teller's cage.

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(archaic) A jail.
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To put or confine, as in a cage.
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(person) 1912-92; U.S. composer.
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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.

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The passenger compartment of a lift.
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(field hockey or ice hockey, water polo) The goal.
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(US derogatory slang) Automobile.
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(figuratively) Something that hinders freedom.
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(athletics) The area from which competitors throw a discus or hammer.
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An outer framework of timber, enclosing something within it.

The cage of a staircase.

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(engineering) A skeleton frame to limit the motion of a loose piece, such as a ball valve.
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A wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes.
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(mining) The drum on which the rope is wound in a hoisting whim.
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(baseball) The catcher's wire mask.
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To put into a cage.
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To keep in a cage.
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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.
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(figuratively) To restrict someone's movement or creativity.
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An elevator car.
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To put or confine in or as if in a cage.
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A box or enclosed structure made of wires, bars, etc., for confining birds or animals.
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A fenced-in area as for confining prisoners of war.
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Any openwork structure or frame, as some elevator cars.
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(hockey) The network frame that is the goal.
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Origin of cage

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin cavea

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cage, from Latin cavea.

    From Wiktionary