Cave

Definition of Cave

Pronunciation: kāv
n.1.A hollow place in the earth, either natural or artificial; a subterraneous cavity; a cavern; a den.
2.Any hollow place, or part; a cavity.
3.(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 bear
(Zool.) a very large fossil bear (Ursus spelæus) similar to the grizzly bear, but large; common in European caves.
Cave dweller
a savage of prehistoric times whose dwelling place was a cave.
Cave hyena
(Zool.) a fossil hyena found abundanty in British caves, now usually regarded as a large variety of the living African spotted hyena.
- Tylor.
Cave lion
(Zool.) a fossil lion found in the caves of Europe, believed to be a large variety of the African lion.
Bone cave
See under Bone.
v. t.1.To make hollow; to scoop out.
[imp. & p. p. Caved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Caving.]
The mouldred earth cav'd the banke.
- Spenser.
v. i.1.To dwell in a cave.
2.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.
To cave in
a - To fall in and leave a hollow, as earth on the side of a well or pit.
b - To submit; to yield.
- H. Kingsley.

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