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cav·ern

 (kăv′ərn)
n.
1. A large cave.
2. A large underground chamber, as in a cave.
tr.v. cav·erned, cav·ern·ing, cav·erns
1. To enclose in or as if in a cavern.
2. To hollow out.

[Middle English caverne, from Old French, from Latin caverna, from cavus, hollow; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.]

cavern

(ˈkævən)
n
(Physical Geography) a cave, esp when large and formed by underground water, or a large chamber in a cave
vb (tr)
1. to shut in or as if in a cavern
2. to hollow out
[C14: from Old French caverne, from Latin caverna, from cavus hollow; see cave1]

cav•ern

(ˈkæv ərn)

n.
1. a cave, esp. one that is large and mostly underground.
v.t.
2. to enclose in or as if in a cavern.
3. to form a cavern of (often fol. by out).
[1325–75; Middle English caverne < Latin caverna=cav(us) hollow + -erna, as in cisterna cistern]

cavern


Past participle: caverned
Gerund: caverning

Imperative
cavern
cavern
Present
I cavern
you cavern
he/she/it caverns
we cavern
you cavern
they cavern
Preterite
I caverned
you caverned
he/she/it caverned
we caverned
you caverned
they caverned
Present Continuous
I am caverning
you are caverning
he/she/it is caverning
we are caverning
you are caverning
they are caverning
Present Perfect
I have caverned
you have caverned
he/she/it has caverned
we have caverned
you have caverned
they have caverned
Past Continuous
I was caverning
you were caverning
he/she/it was caverning
we were caverning
you were caverning
they were caverning
Past Perfect
I had caverned
you had caverned
he/she/it had caverned
we had caverned
you had caverned
they had caverned
Future
I will cavern
you will cavern
he/she/it will cavern
we will cavern
you will cavern
they will cavern
Future Perfect
I will have caverned
you will have caverned
he/she/it will have caverned
we will have caverned
you will have caverned
they will have caverned
Future Continuous
I will be caverning
you will be caverning
he/she/it will be caverning
we will be caverning
you will be caverning
they will be caverning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been caverning
you have been caverning
he/she/it has been caverning
we have been caverning
you have been caverning
they have been caverning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been caverning
you will have been caverning
he/she/it will have been caverning
we will have been caverning
you will have been caverning
they will have been caverning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been caverning
you had been caverning
he/she/it had been caverning
we had been caverning
you had been caverning
they had been caverning
Conditional
I would cavern
you would cavern
he/she/it would cavern
we would cavern
you would cavern
they would cavern
Past Conditional
I would have caverned
you would have caverned
he/she/it would have caverned
we would have caverned
you would have caverned
they would have caverned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cavern - any large dark enclosed spacecavern - any large dark enclosed space; "his eyes were dark caverns"
natural enclosure, enclosure - a naturally enclosed space
2.cavern - a large cave or a large chamber in a cave
cave - a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea
Verb1.cavern - hollow out as if making a cavern
core out, hollow out, hollow - remove the interior of; "hollow out a tree trunk"

cavern

noun cave, hollow, grotto, underground chamber an enormous cavern, with caves running in all directions from it

cavern

noun
A hollow beneath the earth's surface:
Translations
كَهْفٌ كَبير
jeskyně
grottehule
luola
stór hellir
žiojintis
ala
grottajordkula
büyük mağara

cavern

[ˈkævən] Ncaverna f

cavern

[ˈkævərn] ncaverne f

cavern

nHöhle f

cavern

[ˈkævən] ncaverna

cavern

(ˈkӕvən) noun
a large cave.
ˈcavernous adjective
huge and hollow. a cavernous hole.

cav·ern

n. caverna, cavidad patológica.
References in classic literature ?
bowing with the air of one accustomed to public praise, he stole to the cavern and ordered Hagar to come forth with a commanding, "What ho, minion
Through the cavern of the dead," was the answer when the questions were modified.
It was something which announced itself; a chill breath that seemed to issue from some vast cavern wherein discords waited.
At the further extremity of a narrow, deep cavern in the rock, whose length appeared much extended by the perspective and the nature of the light by which it was seen, was seated the scout, holding a blazing knot of pine.
So--with many a cold, deep heart-quake at the idea of at last coming into sordid contact with the world, from which she had so long kept aloof, while every added day of seclusion had rolled another stone against the cavern door of her hermitage--the poor thing bethought herself of the ancient shop-window, the rusty scales, and dusty till.
So Roger Chillingworth -- the man of skill, the kind and friendly physician -- strove to go deep into his patient's bosom, delving among his principles, prying into his recollections, and probing everything with a cautious touch, like a treasure-seeker in a dark cavern.
Back in the gloom of the cavern I heard the clink of a little bell, and then this exclamation:
By and by one of these rises painfully, and "stretches"--stretches fists and body heavenward till she raises her heels from the floor, at the same time refreshing herself with a yawn of such comprehensiveness that the bulk of her face disappears behind her upper lip and one is able to see how she is constructed inside--then she slowly closes her cavern, brings down her fists and her heels, comes languidly forward, contemplates you contemptuously, draws you a glass of hot water and sets it down where you can get it by reaching for it.
We tramped and clumb around all over it, and by and by found a good big cavern in the rock, most up to the top on the side towards Illinois.
All the news that could be gained was that remotenesses of the cavern were being ransacked that had never been visited before; that every corner and crevice was going to be thoroughly searched; that wherever one wandered through the maze of passages, lights were to be seen flitting hither and thither in the distance, and shoutings and pistol- shots sent their hollow reverberations to the ear down the sombre aisles.
Below the pictures, midway down the length of the wall, yawned a huge cavern of a fireplace, surmounted by a towering mantel-piece of black marble.
Then the husband, bidding farewell to all his friends, stretched himself upon another bier, upon which were laid seven little loaves of bread and a pitcher of water, and he also was let down-down-down to the depths of the horrible cavern, and then a stone was laid over the opening, and the melancholy company wended its way back to the city.