cage

noun
\ ˈkāj How to pronounce cage (audio) \

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
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 How to pronounce Cage (audio) \

Definition of Cage (Entry 3 of 3)

John Milton 1912–1992 American composer

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Other Words from cage

Noun

cageful \ ˈkāj-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce cageful (audio) \ 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

Pigs raced on a race course of their own, ponies carried toddlers around a small ring, a boa constrictor slithered in a cage and 400 butterflies fluttered inside a giant tent. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Horse-racing diehards at Pleasanton track concede sport needs to be made safe in wake of new law," 27 June 2019 Sitting on a boat on a river in West Bengal, India, magician Chanchal Lahiri had others bind him in ropes and chains and prepare to barricade him in a cage down in the water. Lindsey Bever, BostonGlobe.com, "Magician drowns while attempting Houdini-inspired river escape," 18 June 2019 Sitting on a boat on a river in West Bengal, India, magician Chanchal Lahiri had others bind him in ropes and chains and prepare to barricade him in a cage down in the water. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "Magician drowns while attempting Houdini-inspired river escape," 18 June 2019 There were Trump impersonators and floats of Trump in a cage. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Trump dismisses British protests as 'fake news' as thousands march against him in London," 4 June 2019 The queen, which typically bears no relation to the other honeybees, stays separated in a cage. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Beekeeping for Beginners: Everything to Know About Starting Your Own Colony," 5 Apr. 2019 Gallup started by showing a mirror to four chimpanzees, each alone in a cage. Quanta Magazine, "A ‘Self-Aware’ Fish Raises Doubts About a Cognitive Test," 12 Dec. 2018 Online pet supplier retailer Chewy came running out of its doggy cage Friday with an initial stock offering of $22 a share — higher than expected — which would give the company a market value of $8.8 billion. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Chewy.com stock jumps 77 percent in mid-Friday trading," 14 June 2019 Philip is also the last of the royals to have a certain freedom despite the strictures of his gilded cage as the monarch’s consort. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "At 98, Prince Philip Is the Last of the Old-School Royals," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Addition Elle announced a partnership with Aldo aimed specifically at plus-size consumers looking for strappy sandals, caged heels, ankle boots, and cross-body bags that actually fit. Glamour, "This New Aldo Shoe Collection Is Specifically for Plus-Size Shoppers," 26 Mar. 2019 Five Louisiana residents face federal charges for allegedly caging and abusing an autistic woman, two years after they were arrested on state charges in the case. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Autistic woman was allegedly caged and forced to eat her dead mother's ashes; 5 face federal charges," 28 July 2018 Texas is 39 percent Hispanic and has become the epicenter of the debate, with a former warehouse fitted with metal caging in the Rio Grande Valley housing more than 1,000 immigrant children. Will Weissert, BostonGlobe.com, "Ted Cruz’s flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP," 19 June 2018 Listen especially to the repartee of a man and a woman caged together in a hellish union. Lyndall Gordon, New York Times, "Jeremy Irons Breathes New Life Into ‘The Poems of T.S. Eliot’," 17 May 2018 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

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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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The first known use of cage was in the 13th century

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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 How to pronounce cage (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cage (audio) \

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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