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cage

noun \ ˈkāj \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of cage

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

cageful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of cage in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of cage

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 1cave, 1hole) 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).

cage Synonyms


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cage

verb

Definition of cage

caged; caging
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

Examples of cage in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of cage

derivative of 1cage


Cage

biographical name \ ˈkāj \

Definition of Cage

John Milton 1912–1992 American composer

Financial Definition of CAGE

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.



CAGE Defined for English Language Learners

cage

Definition of cage for English Language Learners

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


CAGE Defined for Kids

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cage

noun \ ˈkāj \

Definition of cage for Students

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

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cage

verb

Definition of cage for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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