cavernous

adjective cav·ern·ous \ ˈka-vər-nəs \

Definition of cavernous

1 a :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

cavernously

adverb

Examples of cavernous in a Sentence

  1. We toured the cavernous airplane hangar.

  2. The dance was held in a cavernous hall.

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First Known Use of cavernous

15th century


CAVERNOUS Defined for English Language Learners

cavernous

adjective

Definition of cavernous for English Language Learners

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


CAVERNOUS Defined for Kids

cavernous

adjective cav·ern·ous \ ˈka-vər-nəs \

Definition of cavernous for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

cavernous

adjective cav·ern·ous \ ˈkav-ər-nəs \

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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