cavernous

adjective
cav·​ern·​ous | \ ˈka-vər-nəs How to pronounce cavernous (audio) \

Definition of cavernous

1a : having caverns or cavities
b of animal tissue : composed largely of vascular sinuses and capable of dilating with blood to bring about the erection of a body part
2 : constituting or suggesting a cavern a cavernous warehouse

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Other Words from cavernous

cavernously adverb

Examples of cavernous in a Sentence

We toured the cavernous airplane hangar. The dance was held in a cavernous hall.
Recent Examples on the Web The hospitals made from converted public spaces to treat patients with mild symptoms have a total of 3,400 beds, the simple cots placed in tight rows in cavernous rooms without any barriers between them. CBS News, "61 passengers on cruise ship quarantined in Japan test positive for coronavirus," 7 Feb. 2020 The hospitals made from converted public spaces to treat patients with mild symptoms have a total of 3,400 beds, the simple cots placed in tight rows in cavernous rooms without any barriers between them. Washington Post, "10 more sick with virus on one of two isolated cruise ships," 6 Feb. 2020 The hospitals made from converted public spaces to treat patients with mild symptoms have a total of 3,400 beds, the simple cots placed in tight rows in cavernous rooms without any barriers between them. Anchorage Daily News, "Japan quarantines cruise ship as virus toll grows," 5 Feb. 2020 The former shares attributes with the cavernous, new restaurant in the book and should satisfy steak eaters like Olive. BostonGlobe.com, "A great day in Maine inspired by Olive Kitteridge - The Boston Globe," 18 Oct. 2019 Jack Rose: While Jack Rose’s popular rooftop deck and tiki bar have televisions, there are no screens in the cavernous first-floor Saloon Bar, home to the largest whiskey selection in the Western Hemisphere. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, "A guide to the best bars without TVs in the D.C. area," 7 Jan. 2020 Brunskill had an excellent block on All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald to help create a cavernous hole on running back Raheem Mostert’s 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers right guard Mike Person’s 30-start streak ends," 21 Dec. 2019 What better way to lend warmth to a cavernous mecca for the rich than a shop that peddles the objects not long ago considered too obsolete to slug it out in their world? Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "An indie bookstore opens in the glittering 900 North Michigan mall. So are bookstores are back?," 8 Dec. 2019 Salvation Army's big box shelter closes The former big box store stood empty, making the large space seem even more cavernous. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "'Overwhelming' rise in family arrivals, dramatic drop caps busy year at the Yuma border," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cavernous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cavernous

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin cavernōsus "having hollows or depressions," from caverna "hollow space, cavern entry 1" + -ōsus -ous

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16 Feb 2020

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“Cavernous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cavernous. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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cavernous

adjective
How to pronounce cavernous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cavernous

of a building or room : resembling a large cave : very large

cavernous

adjective
cav·​ern·​ous | \ ˈka-vər-nəs How to pronounce cavernous (audio) \

Kids Definition of cavernous

1 : having caverns or hollow places
2 : like a cavern in being large and hollow a cavernous cellar

cavernous

adjective
cav·​ern·​ous | \ ˈkav-ər-nəs How to pronounce cavernous (audio) \

Medical Definition of cavernous

1 : having caverns or cavities
2 of tissue : composed largely of vascular sinuses and capable of dilating with blood to bring about the erection of a body part

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