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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cave \Cave\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Caved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Caving}.] [Cf. F. caver. See {Cave}, noun] To make hollow; to scoop out. [Obs.]

The mouldred earth cav'd the banke. --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cave \Cave\ (k[=a]v), noun [F. cave, L. cavus hollow, whence cavea cavity. Cf. {Cage}.]

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. [Obs.] "The cave of the ear." --Bacon.

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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Cave bear} (Zool.), a very large fossil bear ({Ursus spel[ae]us}) similar to the grizzly bear, but large; common in European caves.

{Cave dweller}, a savage of prehistoric times whose dwelling place was a cave. --Tylor.

{Cave hyena} (Zool.), a fossil hyena found abundanty in British caves, now usually regarded as a large variety of the living African spotted hyena.

{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}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cave \Cave\, verb (used without an object)

1. To dwell in a cave. [Obs.] --Shak.

2. [See To cave in, below.] 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}. [Flem. inkalven.] (a) To fall in and leave a hollow, as earth on the side of a well or pit. (b) To submit; to yield. [Slang] --H. Kingsley.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea


1: hollow out as if making a cave or opening; "The river was caving the banks" [syn: {cave}, {undermine}]

2: explore natural caves [syn: {cave}, {spelunk}]

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