cage

cage

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English

Etymology

From Middle English cage, from Old French cage, from Latin cavea.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /keɪdʒ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒ

Noun

cage (plural cages)

  1. An enclosure made of bars, normally to hold animals.
    We keep a bird in a cage.
    The tigers are in a cage to protect the public.
    The most dangerous prisoners are locked away in a cage.
  2. The passenger compartment of a lift.
  3. (field hockey or ice hockey, water polo) The goal.
  4. (US, derogatory, slang) An automobile.
  5. (figuratively) Something that hinders freedom.
  6. (athletics) The area from which competitors throw a discus or hammer.
  7. An outer framework of timber, enclosing something within it.
  8. (engineering) A skeleton frame to limit the motion of a loose piece, such as a ball valve.
  9. A wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes.
  10. (mining) The drum on which the rope is wound in a hoisting whim.
  11. (baseball) The catcher's wire mask.
  12. (graph theory) A regular graph that has as few vertices as possible for its girth.

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Verb

cage (third-person singular simple present cages, present participle caging, simple past and past participle caged)

  1. To confine in a cage; to put into and keep in a cage.
  2. (figuratively) To restrict someone's movement or creativity.
  3. To track individual responses to direct mail, either (advertising) to maintain and develop mailing lists or (politics) to identify people who are not eligible to vote because they do not reside at the registered addresses.

Derived terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • cega

French

Etymology

From Old French cage, from Latin cavea.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kaʒ/

Noun

cage f (plural cages)

  1. cage
  2. (soccer, colloquial) area, penalty area

Further reading

  • “cage” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • kage, gage

Etymology

From Old French cage, from Latin cavea.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkaːdʒ(ə)/

Noun

cage (plural cages)

  1. A cage or pen.
  2. A cell, enclosure or room of diminutive proportions.
  3. A platform or deck.

Descendants

  • English: cage
  • Scots: cage

References

  • “cāǧe (n.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-22.

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