• The Village Cage, Lingfield
    The Village Cage, Lingfield
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cage confine in a cage "The animal was caged"
    • n cage a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice
    • n cage an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept
    • n cage the net that is the goal in ice hockey
    • n Cage United States composer of avant-garde music (1912-1992)
    • n cage something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement
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Additional illustrations & photos:

wolfhound standing over man in cage wolfhound standing over man in cage
The tiger stretches out in his cage with his friend the dog The tiger stretches out in his cage with his friend the dog

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actor Sylvester Stallone once had a job as a lion cage cleaner
    • Cage A box or inclosure, wholly or partly of openwork, in wood or metal, used for confining birds or other animals. "In his cage , like parrot fine and gay."
    • Cage A place of confinement for malefactors "Stone walls do not a prison make,
      Nor iron bars a cage ."
    • Cage (Mach) A skeleton frame to limit the motion of a loose piece, as a ball valve.
    • Cage (Mach) A wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes.
    • Cage (Carp) An outer framework of timber, inclosing something within it; as, the cage of a staircase.
    • Cage The box, bucket, or inclosed platform of a lift or elevator; a cagelike structure moving in a shaft.
    • Cage (Baseball) The catcher's wire mask.
    • Cage (Mining) The drum on which the rope is wound in a hoisting whim.
    • v. i Cage kāj To confine in, or as in, a cage; to shut up or confine. "Caged and starved to death."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Boredom can lead to madness in parrots. When caged by themselves and neglected for long periods of time, these intelligent, sociable birds can easily become mentally ill. Many inflict wounds upon themselves, develop strange tics, and rip out their own feathers. The birds need constant interaction, affection, and mental stimulation; some bird authorities have determined that some parrot breeds have the mental abilities of a 5-year-old human child. Should a neglected parrot go mad, there is little that can be done to restore it to normalcy. In England, there are "mental institutions" for such unfortunate creatures.
    • n cage A box-like receptacle or inclosure for confining birds or wild beasts, made with open spaces on one or more sides, or on all sides, and often also at the top, by the use of osiers, wires, slats, or rods or bars of iron, according to the required strength.
    • n cage A prison or place of confinement for malefactors; a part of a building or of a room separated from the rest by bars, within which to confine persons under arrest, as sick or wounded prisoners in a hospital.
    • n cage A skeleton framework of any kind. In carpentry, an outer work of timber inclosing another within it, as the cage of a windmill or of a staircase.
    • n cage A cup with a glass bottom and cover between which is a drop of water containing animalcules to be examined under a microscope.
    • n cage The large wheel of a whim about which the hoisting-rope is wound.
    • n cage A name sometimes given to a chapel inclosed with a latticework or grating.
    • cage To confine in a cage; shut up or confine: as, “caged nightingales,”
    • cage To make like a cage or place of confinement: as, “the caged cloister,”
    • n cage A drum or cylinder in a cotton-scutching machine, covered with wire netting, against which the cotton is thrown in the form of a sheet, the dust being removed by a suction-fan.
    • n cage In base-ball, the mask worn by the catcher.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cage kāj a place of confinement: a box made of wire and wood for holding birds or small animals:
    • v.t Cage to imprison in a cage—p.adj. Caged, confined
    • n Cage kāj (mining) a frame with one or more platforms for cars, used in hoisting in a vertical shaft: the framework supporting a peal of bells
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  • Harry Belafonte
    Harry Belafonte
    “You can cage the singer but not the song.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Evolution has developed man to such a high degree that he builds zoos to keep his ancestors in cages.”
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    “He who is conceived in a cage, yearns for the cage.”
  • John Huston
    John Huston
    “Hollywood has always been a cage... a cage to catch our dreams.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out.”


Gilded cage - If someone is in a gilded cage, they are trapped and have restricted or no freedom, but have very comfortable surroundings- many famous people live in luxury but cannot walk out of their house alone.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cage, fr. L. cavea, cavity, cage, fr. cavus, hollow. Cf. Cave (n.) Cajole Gabion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. cavea, a hollow place.


In literature:

A sure instinct led Kane straight to that cage, which immediately adjoined the big double cage of the pumas.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
She can't get out of her cage, can she?
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
Perhaps I should give him away; perhaps I should open the cage and let him run.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
When the cage came to rest they were hustled into a maze of winding passageways that led ever downward.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
That morning, in his glass cage, he muddled his columns several times.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
There were six cages of small animals.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
One day a tiger broke through his cage and attacked the keeper.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Professor Burr stepped over to a row of common cages set along the wall.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
The cage proved to be one of the common types of elevator cars that I had seen in other parts of Barsoom.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The cages were iron-ribbed and ponderous.
"The Mind Master" by Arthur J. Burks

In poetry:

Night slinks from ditches,
flows among the grass,
tops up the fields,
then draws the sky over my cage.
"Night" by Raymond Queneau
Let mations rage,
let nations fall.
The shadow of the crib makes an enormous cage
upon the wall.
"Songs for a Colored Singer" by Elizabeth Bishop
I read the poets of the age,
'Tis lotus-eating in a cage;
I study Art, but Art is dead
To one who clamors to be fed
"Nameless Pain" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
"There came a cat to my cage door,
It almost a worried me,
And I was calling on May Colven
To take the cat from me."
"May Colven" by Andrew Lang
The lark confinèd in his cage,
And captive in his wing,
Though fluttering with imprisoned rage,
Forbeareth not to sing.
""The lark confinèd in his cage"" by Alfred Austin
I envy not in any moods
The captive void of noble rage,
The linnet born within the cage,
That never knew the summer woods:
"In Memoriam 16: I envy not in any moods" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Beverly Hills High School will host a tribute to the "General Hospital" star, who taught acting to such students as Richard Dreyfuss, Joely Fisher and Nicholas Cage.
Before changing professions in his 50s, he taught acting in high school to the likes of Richard Dreyfuss, Nicolas Cage, Julie Kavner and Swoosie Kurtz.
Most people would cringe at the idea of keeping an animal locked for years in a cage so cramped she couldn't even turn around.
Readers' DUNS replacements: CAGE, URLs, IPs , EINs.
"Ugly beds" stacked in gyms, tiny cages for suicidal prisoners—the photos that helped convince Supreme Court justices to downsize California's overcrowded lockups.
A home-invasion movie as instantly forgettable as its title, Trespass is not without disturbing images: namely, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as spouses.
Krazy Horse and Urijah "California Kid" Faber battle for a King of the Cage belt.
Up next for him, the 'howdy cage' with his soon-to-be mate.
It feels like I'm sitting somewhere between the laughing hyenas' cage and the pen holding a banana-drunk mob of screaming chimps.
Cage & Schumacher oughta be arrested.
Lucky Paws pix Imagine you're a cat and you live on a 12-acre spread, with no cages, regular meals and no hassle.
Most were kept in small pens, pits or cages.
He hits balls in a cage, sweats on a stationary bike, and works on stretching and strengthening his right knee.
There was a cage full of lovebirds for sale, and I instantly fell in love with the little grey-colored baby lovebird that was flapping her wings.
In Toose's point of view: I was held in a cage with beautiful adult Fischer lovebirds at a fish store.

In science:

This definition eliminates systems with “rattlers” (freely roaming caged particles) in the infinite-volume limit.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
Cassegrain cage of the telescope and down to the floor of the observatory.
SPIRAL Phase A: A Prototype Integral Field Spectrograph for the AAT
We stress that Eq. (8) fits quite well the renewal time data in the cage model , which is another lattice model of reptation dynamics .
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
Kolomeisky, PhD Thesis, Cornell University 1998. The expression reported in Eq. (15) fits rather well also the velocity as function of the field for the cage model of electrophoresis.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
The found structures give possible explanations for the observed behaviors: In the REM each cation is surrounded by a cage of other cations, and this cage slows down the movement because most moves would increase Hcat .
Simple Lattice-Models of Ion Conduction: Counter Ion Model vs. Random Energy Model