noun: cave
plural noun: caves

a large underground chamber, typically of natural origin, in a hillside or cliff.

verb: cave
3rd person present: caves
past tense: caved
past participle: caved
gerund or present participle: caving

  1. explore caves as a sport.
  2. US
    capitulate or submit under pressure; cave in.

cave in — (of a roof or similar structure) subside or collapse.


Origin of cave

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin cava, from cavus ‘hollow’ (compare with cavern). The usage cave in may be from the synonymous dialect expression calve in, influenced by obsolete cave ‘excavate, hollow out’.


exclamation: cave

(among children) look out!

keep cave — act as lookout.

Origin of cave

Latin, imperative of cavere ‘beware’.

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