cave: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kāv), [key]
— n., v., caved, cav•ing.
  1. a hollow in the earth, esp. one opening more or less horizontally into a hill, mountain, etc.
  2. a storage cellar, esp. for wine.
  3. a secession, or a group of seceders, from a political party on some special question.
  1. to hollow out.
  2. sub-level caving.
    1. to cause (overlying material) to fall into a stope, sublevel, or the like.
    2. to cause (supports, as stulls or sets) to collapse beneath overlying material.
    3. to fill (a stope or the like) with caved-in material:sub-level caving.
  1. to cave in.
  2. The opposition caved in before our superior arguments.
    1. to fall in; collapse.
    2. to cause to fall in or collapse.
    3. yield; submit; surrender:The opposition caved in before our superior arguments.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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