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Definition of the noun cave in

What does cave in mean as a name of something?


  1. the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of cave in: subsidence
    • more generic word: collapse = a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in

Alternative definition of the noun cave in


  1. The act of something collapsing or caving in.
  2. The location where something has caved in.
  3. [idiomatic] The act of relenting.

Definition of the verb cave in

What does cave in mean as a doing phrase?


  1. break down, literally or metaphorically

Alternative definition of the verb cave in


  1. To collapse inward or downward.
  2. [idiomatic] To relent; to acquiesce; to comply; to grant approval; to lose willpower.


Cave In is an American rock band that formed in 1995, in Methuen, Massachusetts. After several members changes in the late 1990s, their lineup solidified with the 1998 release of Until Your Heart Stops through Hydra Head Records. Their early albums were prominent in the metalcore scene. After this release, the band started experimenting with other genres. Cave In later received mainstream recognition for their 2003 RCA Records album Antenna and its lead single "Anchor," which had an overall alternative rock style. The group went on hiatus in 2006 and later reformed in 2009 with the release of a new EP, Planets of Old, as well as a new LP in 2011, titled White Silence. Both of these post-hiatus releases saw a return to Cave In's earlier and heavier sound.


  1. "Cave In" a.k.a. "Cave-in!" is a musical album of The Gruesomes.
  2. "Cave In" a.k.a. "Cave-In" is a musical EP of The Great Deceiver.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  3. "Cave In" is a composition.


"Cave In" a.k.a. "Cave-in" is a book by Franklin W. Dixon.


  1. "Cave In" is a 2003 action, adventure, drama film written by Peter Sullivan and directed by Rex Piano.
  2. "Cave In" a.k.a. "Cave-In!" is an American action film starring Dennis Cole, Leslie Nielsen, and James Olson. The movie was produced by Irwin Allen in 1979 in association with Warner Bros. Television for NBC but not aired until 1983.


Cave In a.k.a. Cave-in: A cave-in is a collapse of a geologic formation, mine or structure which may occur during mining or tunneling. Geologic structures prone to spontaneous cave-ins include alvar, tsingy and other limestone formations, but can also include lava tubes and a variety of other subsurface rock formations. Glacier caves and other ice formations are very prone to collapse from exposure to warm temperatures or running water.

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Google previewDictionary of Daily Life of Indians of the Americas (1981)

Ventana Cave in Arizona and Tularosa Cave, Cordova Cave, Bat Cave and Sandia Cave in New Mexico have very early dates of first utilization and show long records of employment (often as long as 10,000 years or more). Still further south ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology (2013)

by Barbara Ann Kipfer

Labastide: Magdalenian cave in Hautes–Pyrdndes, France, with many engraved figures anda large polychrome horse painting. There are hearths and engraved stones ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Monasticism (2013)

by William M. Johnston

When it is an excavated cave temple, it is understood as a cave in the side of Mount Meru, reaching the very core of the world-system axis. Thus, c. 15th century. mandala, Tibet, Photo courtesy of John C. 812 MANDALA.

Google previewDictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs (1988)

by Jean-Charles Seigneuret

The Cave in Antiquity In Western literature, the cave has had and continues to have symbolic values derived from a tradition that originates in Homer's epic Odysseia (Odyssey, c. 8th century B.c.) and that is given its most striking expression in ...

Google previewThe Kentucky Encyclopedia (2015)

by John E. Kleber

Crumps Cave in Hart County was explored and mapped by Norman Pace, Joseph Saunders, Keith Ortize, and others. Ortize, Saunders, Daniel Crowl, and others began the massive exploration effort in the Fisher Ridge Cave System in Hart ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Caves (2012)

by William B. White, David C. Culver

It is the longest cave in the world by a factor of 3, with about 631 km (392 miles) of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African Religion (2009)

by Molefi Kete Asante, Ama Mazama

Historical Context The cave in South Africa's Gauteng Province, a World Heritage Site, has yielded the oldest and most complete human skull in science. It dates to 2.5 million years ago and figures in the search for human origins. In terms of ...

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I keep waiting for the roof to cave in. I was raised to follow the Golden Rule, you know, treat people the way you wish to be treated. That's kind of the way I live my life. Maybe someone up there likes me for that. (Matt LeBlanc)
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