cage

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cage /keɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  caged, cag•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. a boxlike enclosure with wires or bars forming the sides, for keeping birds or animals:a bird cage.
  2. a prison.
  3. Mininga similar enclosure used like an elevator for workers at a construction site, etc.
  4. Sporta frame with a net attached to it, forming the goal in ice hockey and field hockey.

v. [+ object]
  1. to put or keep in or as if in a cage:They caged the escaped tiger.
caged, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cage  (kāj),USA pronunciation n., v.,  caged, cag•ing. 
n. 
  1. a boxlike enclosure having wires, bars, or the like, for confining and displaying birds or animals.
  2. anything that confines or imprisons;
    prison.
  3. something resembling a cage in structure, as for a cashier or bank teller.
  4. the car or enclosed platform of an elevator.
  5. Miningan enclosed platform for raising and lowering people and cars in a mine shaft.
  6. any skeleton framework.
  7. Sport[Baseball.]a movable backstop for use mainly in batting practice.
  8. Sporta frame with a net attached to it, forming the goal in ice hockey and field hockey.
  9. Sport[Basketball Older Use.]the basket.
  10. Clothinga loose, sheer or lacy overdress worn with a slip or a close-fitting dress.
  11. Military[Ordn.]a steel framework for supporting guns.
  12. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]retainer1 (def. 3).

v.t. 
  1. to put or confine in or as if in a cage.
  2. Sportto shoot (as a puck) into a cage so as to score a goal.
cageless, adj. 
cagelike′, adj. 
  • Latin cavea birdcage, equivalent. to cav(us) hollow + -ea, feminine of -eus adjective, adjectival suffix
  • Old French
  • Middle English 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pen, coop, enclosure, pound.

Cage  (kāj),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalJohn, born 1912, U.S. composer.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    cage /keɪdʒ/ n
    1. an enclosure, usually made with bars or wire, for keeping birds, monkeys, mice, etc
    2. (as modifier): cagebird
    3. a thing or place that confines or imprisons
    4. something resembling a cage in function or structure: the rib cage
    5. the enclosed platform of a lift, esp as used in a mine
    vb
    1. (transitive) to confine in or as in a cage
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin cavea enclosure, from cavus hollow



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