Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

cave–in

play
noun \ˈkāv-ˌin\

Simple Definition of cave–in

  • : an occurrence in which something (such as the roof or walls of a building or cave) suddenly falls down or inward

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cave–in

  1. 1 :  the action of caving in

  2. 2 :  a place where earth has caved in

1860

First Known Use of cave–in

1860

Rhymes with cave–in


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cave–in? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to defraud especially of money

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

maudlin prompt angry oily
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ