Caves


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cave

 (kāv)
n.
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
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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.]

Caves


the term for speleology used by professionals.
the branch of geology that explores, studies, and describes caves. — speleologist, spelaeologist, n.speleological, spelaeological, adj.
a person who explores caves as a hobby. — spelunk, v.
References in classic literature ?
These were the drinking-places of the Folk that lived in the caves.
At the opening to the subterranean passage that led to their haven of refuge a mighty battle was fought in which the yellow men were victorious, and within the caves that gave ingress to their new home they piled the bodies of the dead, both yellow and green, that the stench might warn away their enemies from further pursuit.
The forest ran to the very base of a cliff, in the face of which were the mouths of many caves.
For three nights we slept in trees, finding no caves or other places of concealment.
At the end of the victorious campaign the surviving ape-folk were driven across the plateau (their wailings were horrible) and established in the neighborhood of the Indian caves, where they would, from now onwards, be a servile race under the eyes of their masters.
Ye long for the worst and dangerousest life, which frighteneth ME most,-- for the life of wild beasts, for forests, caves, steep mountains and labyrinthine gorges.
It was then, for the first time, that I noticed a slight vapor filling the cave.
Along this I advanced, and at a sudden turning, a few yards beyond the canyon's end, the path widened, and at my left I saw the opening to a large cave.
Public prayers had been offered up for them, and many and many a private prayer that had the petitioner's whole heart in it; but still no good news came from the cave.
So the Goat came to the Lion's cave, and stopped there listening for a long time.
Two miles below Hornberg castle is a cave in a low cliff, which the captain of the raft said had once been occupied by a beautiful heiress of Hornberg--the Lady Gertrude-- in the old times.
But he did not find her, and he saw that he lay in a cave upon a bed of grass, while all about him were the skins of beasts, and at his side was a pot filled with water.