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

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 In Eagle Pass, Border Patrol buses with asylum seekers now arrive in a constant stream at the main respite center, which had to move from its small downtown space to a cavernous, warehouse-like building. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Harvell, a 50-year employee of the company, was among a lineup of dignitaries who spoke at the announcement inside the long, cavernous metal building that will house the facility. Noel Oman, Arkansas Online, 21 Apr. 2022 Clayton stands dolefully at the Rose Podium, as Rachel's sobs echo throughout the cavernous building. Kristen Baldwin,, 15 Mar. 2022 Parts of the cavernous Sun Park building, which also houses the Sun’s newsroom and business offices, now sit vacant, Alatzas wrote. Christopher Dinsmore,, 1 Dec. 2021 Stretching 120 feet in this cavernous building, the 32,000-gallon concrete tank is topped with huge ducts that blast 60-mph winds across seawater piped in straight from the Pacific. Matt Simon, Wired, 26 Oct. 2021 At Amazon, the warehouses are cavernous, and workers are often more isolated and more closely supervised, especially during an organizing campaign. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Swing wide, ye driver’s door of temptation: The interior space is cavernous, and its décor gorgeous and sophisticated, damn it. Dan Neil, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Unlike the cavernous House of Blues, which hosts the big names, the Paradise has acts such as Cat Power, Bleachers, and Callum Scott. Globe Staff,, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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“Cavernous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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


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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