cage

noun
\ˈkāj \

Definition of cage 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a box or enclosure having some openwork for confining or carrying animals (such as birds)

2a : a barred cell for confining prisoners

b : a fenced area for prisoners of war

3 : a framework serving as support the steel cage of a skyscraper

4a : an enclosure resembling a cage in form or purpose a cashier's cage

b : an arrangement of atoms or molecules so bonded as to enclose a space in which another atom or ion (as of a metal) can reside

5a : batting cage

b : a goal consisting of posts or a frame with a net attached (as in ice hockey)

6 : a large building containing an area for practicing outdoor sports and often adapted for indoor events

cage

verb
caged; caging

Definition of cage (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to confine or keep in or as if in a cage

2 : to drive (a puck, a shot, etc.) into a cage and score a goal

Cage

biographical name
\ˈkāj \

Definition of Cage (Entry 3 of 3)

John Milton 1912–1992 American composer

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Other Words from cage

Noun

cageful \-​ˌfu̇l \ noun

Examples of cage in a Sentence

Noun

the dogs and cats at the animal shelter looked so sad in their cages

Verb

caged the rabbit at night so she wouldn't wake everyone up

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another lion cub is adjusting to life in a Dutch big cat center after a jogger ran into it last month in a cage dumped in a field in the central Netherlands. John Leicester, The Seattle Times, "Causing an uproar: Lion-car combo the latest in selfie bling," 14 Nov. 2018 But the shuttle stayed stationary, and my phone was dead, a black rectangular void; the Company’s shuttles were essentially rolling Faraday cages: no wireless service allowed. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 The group against Prop 12 is called Californians Against Cruelty, Cages, and Fraud, which claims on its site that Prop 12 would actually reinstitute the smaller cages that California voters elected to outlaw in 2008 with Prop 2. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Environmental Measures on the 2018 Midterm Election Ballots You Should Know About," 18 Oct. 2018 Are cubicles cages that keep us from our colleagues? Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Fritz Hansen’s new seating makes open plan offices more bearable," 10 Oct. 2018 Like the Omen Obelisk, Acer includes plenty of windows, but Acer builds in a metallic cage to help reduce electromagnetic interference. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Acer, Alienware, and HP have all announced desktops with GeForce RTX," 20 Aug. 2018 Stake or cage taller varieties so that the stems do not break in strong winds or due to a heavy fruit load. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Peppers," 19 Aug. 2018 Next, the test pilots will fly the aircraft over populated communities around 2023 to see if the X-59 does what it was designed to do: break the sound barrier without rattling the cages of those below with sonic booms. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Quiet Boom: Meet the NASA Test Pilot Who'll Fly the Next Supersonic X-Plane," 15 Aug. 2018 His memories from that period aren’t all that pleasant — small, dark cages and pacing lions. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But sounds of wailing toddlers separated from their parents and images of children held alone behind metal caging proved too much for Cruz and many in his party. Washington Post, "Ground Game: Will family separation outcry hurt Texas GOP?," 29 June 2018 When that failed, the children of David and Louise Turpin were caged, Deputy District Attorney Kevin Beecham said. Brian Melley, Fox News, "Prosecutor: Abused kids upbringing like 'Lord of the Flies'," 22 June 2018 The jacket Melania Trump wore to visit caged immigrant children. CBS News, "Melania Trump doubles-down with "I really don't care" jacket," 21 June 2018 The White House contends that migrants have a right to be caged with their family members (except for those who have already been separated from their children, who aren’t necessarily entitled to ever see their kids again). Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "We Owe Central American Migrants Much More Than This," 21 June 2018 But the judiciary says that child migrants have a right not to be caged, at all. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "We Owe Central American Migrants Much More Than This," 21 June 2018 Back when those kids were being caged, the president of the United States had a zero tolerance policy for people who crossed without the right papers. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Mom, why did they put the kids in cages? One day adults will have to explain the shame," 19 June 2018 Colorado Parks and Wildlife caught and caged the bear. Patty Hodapp, Outside Online, "The Man Who Survived a Rattler, Bear, and Shark Attack," 10 July 2018 Potomac Watch Podcast Potomac Watch Podcast About 2,300 kids have been separated from their parents since May, and pictures of caged toddlers and recordings of crying babies have resulted in the biggest public backlash of the Trump Presidency. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Immigration Choice," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of cage

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cage

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin cavea "enclosure for poultry, cage, auditorium of a theater," of uncertain origin

Note: Latin cavea is usually taken to be a noun derivative of an unattested adjective *caveus, from cavus "hollow, concave" (see cave entry 1, hole entry 1) though what the meaning of such a word would be is unclear, as cavea denotes an enclosure rather than a cavity in something larger; note that -eus is normally a denominal suffix meaning "made of" (see -eous). Perhaps of relevance is the suffix of alveus "trough, hull, channel" (see alveolus).

Verb

derivative of cage entry 1

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cage

noun

Financial Definition of cage

What It Is

A cage is a department in a brokerage firm.

How It Works

The cage is a physical location in which people at a brokerage firm handle physical securities and certificates. The location is called a cage because it usually has bars or other barriers to prevent other people from entering and exiting, and it usually has a vault.

Why It Matters

The cage is a crucial part of any brokerage firm's operations because it ensures that clients' physical certificates are kept safe and sound, and that the right securities are exchanged in transactions.

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cage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cage

: a box made of wire or metal bars in which people keep animals or birds

cage

noun
\ˈkāj \

Kids Definition of cage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a box or enclosure that has large openings covered usually with wire net or bars and is used for keeping birds or animals a hamster cage

2 : an enclosure like a cage in shape or purpose a bank teller's cage

cage

verb
caged; caging

Kids Definition of cage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put or keep in or as if in a cage She caged the birds together.

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cage

noun
\ˈkāj \

Medical Definition of cage 

: an arrangement of atoms or molecules so bonded as to enclose a space in which another atom or ion (as of a metal) can reside

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