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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
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To borrow an old description, me trying to explore the Gorna Slatina Cave in Macedonia was like trying to push a camel through the eye of a needle," this seasoned speleologist says about his caving adventure.
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national organization of 10,000 cave researchers and cavers, as a source for accurate cave and caving information or the National Caves Association (www.
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Website visitors interested in speleology will find educational articles on caves and karst, recommended books, DVDs and caving gear, as well as caving resource links and details on how to obtain the new Missouri "The Cave State" license plates.
Such modern technology allows caves to be measured to the nearest millimeter, according to Andy Eavis, president of the International Union of Speleology, the world caving authority, based in France.
ISLAMABAD, 06 May , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- A British caving team believe they have discovered the worlds largest cave passage in the heart of the Vietnamese jungle.