• Fingal's Cave Staffa
    Fingal's Cave Staffa
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cave explore natural caves
    • v cave hollow out as if making a cave or opening "The river was caving the banks"
    • n cave a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Mammoth Cave Kentucky The Mammoth Cave Kentucky
Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329 Keep Away from the Banks for Fear The Banks Will Cave In 329
dingo and wolfhound entering cave dingo and wolfhound entering cave
Androcles cowers in fear as the lion enters the cave Androcles cowers in fear as the lion enters the cave

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 3000 documented caves located in the state of Tennessee
    • Cave (Eng. Politics) A coalition or group of seceders from a political party, as from the Liberal party in England in 1866. See Adullam Cave of, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
    • Cave A hollow place in the earth, either natural or artificial; a subterraneous cavity; a cavern; a den.
    • Cave Any hollow place, or part; a cavity. "The cave of the ear."
    • Cave To dwell in a cave.
    • Cave To fall in or down; as, the sand bank caved . Hence Slang, to retreat from a position; to give way; to yield in a disputed matter.
    • v. t Cave To make hollow; to scoop out. "The mouldred earth cav'd the banke."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The deepest cave in the world is the "Lamprechtsofen-Vogelshacht" cave which can be found in Salzburg, Austria. The cave is 5,354 feet deep
    • n cave A hollow place in the earth; especially, a natural cavity of considerable size, extending more or less horizontally into a hill or mountain; a cavern; a den. Caves are principally met with in limestone rocks, in gypsum, sometimes in sandstone, and in volcanic rocks. Some of them have a very grand and picturesque appearance, such as Fingal's Cave in Staffa, on the west coast of Scotland, the entrance to which is formed by columnar ranges of basalt supporting an arch 60 feet high and 33 feet wide. Some, as the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky, which incloses an extent of about 40 miles of subterraneous windings, are celebrated for their great extent and subterranean waters, or for their gorgeous stalactites and stalagmites. Others are of interest to the geologist and archæologist from the occurrence in them of osseous remains of animals of the Pleistocene period, or for the evidence their clay floors and rudely sculptured walls, and the implements found in them, offer of the presence of prehistoric man.
    • n cave A cellar; a subterranean chamber.
    • n cave Any hollow place or part; a cavity.
    • n cave The ash-pit of a glass-furnace.
    • n cave [capitalized] A name given to a party in the British Parliament who seceded from the Liberals on the reform bill introduced by them in 1866. See Adullamite.
    • n cave Any small faction of seceders or dissidents in Parliament.
    • cave To make hollow; hollow out.
    • cave To dwell in a cave.
    • cave To fall in and leave a hollow, as earth on the side of a well or pit: absolutely, or with in: as, the earth began to cave.
    • cave Figuratively, to break down; yield; give up; submit; knock under: absolutely, or with in: as, at this he caved.
    • cave To toss or pitch: as, to cave hay.
    • cave To toss in a threatening or haughty manner: as, to cave the horns (said of horned cattle); to cave the head.
    • cave To clean (threshed grain) by tossing or raking (it) on a barn-floor or a threshing-floor.
    • cave To move; rush.
    • cave To sink; be plunged or buried.
    • n cave A toss, as of the head.
    • n cave A cave-in.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest documented footwear found was a 8,000 year-old sandal found in a cave located in Missouri, USA
    • n Cave kāv a hollow place in the earth: a den: any small faction of seceders from a political party
    • v.t Cave to hollow out
    • v.i Cave to lodge in a cave
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  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.”
  • H.G. Wells
    “Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cave, L. cavus, hollow, whence cavea, cavity. Cf. Cage


In literature:

Mr. Wace had encountered Mrs. Cave, too, on occasions when Mr. Cave was not at home to attend to him.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
My plan was to go into a cave which I knew of, and spend my days there, and by night I would go to Betsey's house and get food.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
David and the Phoenix were marched up to a cave and thrown in.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
Karl was still hesitating what to do, and the bear had commenced crawling up, when he chanced to remember the cave.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
From a small cave high up on a rocky canyon wall the figure of a man emerged and crept silently into the shadows.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
I had a glimpse of an opening, looked like a cave mouth, just before the blast hit.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
There were so many wild beasts in the forest that no one could feel safe a single minute unless he was deep in a cave.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
I did not ask if this was the Mammoth Cave Hotel.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
Close after her came three huge cave-wolves.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
From these it derived the name which it commonly received, Coir-nan-Taischatrin, or, The Cave of the Seers.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI" by Various

In poetry:

Up the quest again he took,
Rode through wood and wave;
Sought in many a mossy nook,
Many a hermit-cave;
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Stones are such a fragile crust
To place upon a grave;
Wind and sun will scatter them
And hollow out a cave.
"Desert Burial" by Norman MacLeod
The walls screamed poetry disease & sex
an inner whine like a mad machine
dropped in a
cave of roaches
or rodents
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Till the last surviving savage
To his glacial cave retires,
And earth's tragic drama closes,
As humanity expires!
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
Yet to fit me for the cave,
Where the ocean fountains flow,
Safely to o'ercome the wave,
Made me like a fish below.
"The Mermaid" by William Crafts
The Ocean hears, and through his caves
Roars gusty laughter;
And takes the River, with his waves
To roll thereafter.
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley

In news:

We walked across a rocky moraine that covers the ice, past pools of standing water to an ice cave, the surest sign that this glacier is in big trouble.
Studio Rejects Nick Cave's Awesome-Sounding Gladiator 2 Screenplay.
CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) Governing Board has unanimously approved a major change for Desert Sun Elementary School.
Nationwide caves group will be based in Schoharie County.
Schoharie County will soon serve as host for the headquarters of a nationwide association of cave owners and operators.
A limestone cave with stalactites and stalagmites.
C hina's new leader spent much of his youth living in a dug-out cave.
To fully understand this premise it is necessary to examine, theoretically, the diet of cave man whose diet was diametrically opposite of modern man.
Ancient caves are part of the fabric of life in a megacity's suburban slums.
The tradition of Hindu rock-cut cave temples begins in the early sixth century A.D.
Soon, they'll begin to hibernate , eventually moving deep into the cave where the temperate remains a constant 43 degrees.
Nothing old-fashioned about this: Minnesota is getting its first Himalayan salt cave.
Husband-wife team Scott Wertkin and Jenni Dorfsman decided to open Salt Cave after taking their son, who has asthma, to one in Florida.
Salt caves are a natural therapy practice used for rejuvenation and for medicinal purposes.
And we often find this in these Himalayan glacier caves.

In science:

Caves’ results were later rederived and extended using an approach based upon the quantum stress tensor.
Stochastic Spacetime and Brownian Motion of Test Particles
Caves,“Quantum-mechanical noise in an interferometer,” Phys.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio in Squeezed-Light Laser Radar
The oldest Indian instrumentation seems to have been stone and brick circular platforms, calendar stellae, and cave paintings (Rao 2005).
Astrophysics in 2006
The space between the vessel and the cave wall is filled with 3200 tons of pure water, and viewed by 225 20 inch PMT’s.
Geo-neutrinos and Earth's interior
The proof is an adaptation of the proof of the quantum de Finetti theorem due to Caves et. al.
The de Finetti theorem for test spaces