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1. A hollow or natural passage under or into the earth, especially one with an opening to the surface.
2. A storage cellar, especially for wine.
v. caved, cav·ing, caves
1. To dig or hollow out.
2. To cause to collapse or fall in. Often used with in: The impact caved in the roof of the car.
1. To fall in; collapse. Often used with in: The walls caved in during the earthquake.
2. To give up all opposition; yield. Often used with in: The school committee caved in to the demands of parents.
3. To explore caves.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cava, from neuter pl. of cavus, hollow; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.]


(Individual Sports, other than specified) the sport of climbing in and exploring caves
ˈcaver n


or spe•lae•ol•o•gy

(ˌspi liˈɒl ə dʒi)

the exploration and study of caves.
[1890–95; < Latin spēlae(um) + -o- + -logy]
spe`le•o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
spe`le•ol′o•gist, n.


the term for speleology used by professionals.
See also: Caves


[ˈkeɪvɪŋ] Nespeleología f
to go caving (gen) → hacer espeleología; (on specific occasion) → ir en una expedición espeleológica
References in classic literature ?
The loose soil which had been put aside is then brought and rammed down firmly, to prevent its caving in, and is frequently sprinkled with water, to destroy the scent, lest the wolves and bears should be attracted to the place, and root up the concealed treasure.
And to port there loomed, like the caving in of one of the sides, a bulky mass with a slanting outline.
We had our choice of sea and river kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, mountain biking, diving, caving and hiking in a tropical rain forest.
It hasn't put me off caving at all and I want to get back into Otter Hole as soon as I can,' she said.
The best part about caving is going where not many people have been.
Members will include Service representatives of the Ozark Plateau region (including the Service's Ozark Plateau and Arkansas Red River Ecosystem Teams; our Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri Ecological Services Field Offices; and national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries), other government agencies, organizations, private landowners, academia, caving clubs, and elected officials.
Students are required to participate in two caving trips during the semester.