noun \ˈkāv\

: a large hole that was formed by natural processes in the side of a cliff or hill or under the ground

Full Definition of CAVE

:  a natural chamber or series of chambers in the earth or in the side of a hill or cliff
:  a usually underground chamber for storage <a wine cave>; also :  the articles stored there

Examples of CAVE

  1. <Kentucky's Mammoth Cave is actually a series of large chambers on five levels.>

Origin of CAVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin cava, from cavus hollow; akin to Greek koilos hollow, and probably to Greek kyein to be pregnant — more at cyme
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale



Definition of CAVE

transitive verb
:  to form a cave in or under
intransitive verb
:  to explore caves especially as a sport or hobby
cav·er \ˈkā-vər\ noun

First Known Use of CAVE

15th century


verb \ˈkāv\

Definition of CAVE

intransitive verb
:  to fall in or down especially from being undermined —usually used with in
:  to cease to resist :  submit —usually used with in
transitive verb
:  to cause to fall or collapse —usually used with in

Origin of CAVE

probably alteration of calve
First Known Use: 1513
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