For all your dictionary needs!
Are you looking for Aave, Acave, ave, cafe, cavy, Dave, eave, Fave, Gave, Have, Lave, Mave, Nave, Pave, Rave, Save, save, Tave, Wave, or Zave?
Header of cave


Cave appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Eva, can I stab bats in a cave?
  • Eva, can I bonk a knob in a cave?
  • Eva, can I see referees in a cave?
View more palindromes!

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cave:


Cave is sometimes a misspelling of gave.

The word cave is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

Video footage: Mountain Cave Entrance
Play/pauseBuy footageFind more

Definition of the noun cave

What does cave mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: caves

  1. a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic terms: formation / geological formation = the geological features of the earth
    • more specific words:
      • cavern = a large cave or a large chamber in a cave
      • cove = small or narrow cave in the side of a cliff or mountain
      • grotto / grot = a small cave
    • instances:
      • Fingal's Cave = a large cave with basaltic pillars on Staffa island in Scotland
      • Lascaux = a cave in southwestern France that contains Paleolithic paintings
    • parts:
      • floor = the lower inside surface of any hollow structure
      • roof = the inner top surface of a covered area or hollow space
      • stalactite = a cylinder of calcium carbonate hanging from the roof of a limestone cave
      • stalagmite = a cylinder of calcium carbonate projecting upward from the floor of a limestone cave
      • wall = a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face

Alternative definition of the noun cave


  1. A large, naturally-occurring cavity formed underground, or in the face of a cliff or a hillside.
  2. A hole, depression, or gap in earth or rock, whether natural or man-made.
  3. A storage cellar, especially for wine or cheese.
  4. A place of retreat, such as a man cave.
  5. [caving] A naturally-occurring cavity in bedrock which is large enough to be entered by an adult.
  6. [nuclear physics] A shielded area where nuclear experiments can be carried out.
  7. [context: drilling, uncountable] Debris, particularly broken rock, which falls into a drill hole and interferes with drilling.
  8. [mining] A collapse or cave-in.
  9. [figuratively, also slang] The vagina.
  10. [slang, politics, often "Cave"] A group that breaks from a larger political party or faction on a particular issue.

Specialised definition of the noun cave

Glossary of sports

a large underground hole in rock or earth (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb cave

What does cave mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: caved | caving | caves

  1. hollow out as if making a cave or opening
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of cave: undermine
    • more generic terms: core out / hollow / hollow out = remove the interior of
    • more specific word: sap = excavate the earth beneath
  2. explore natural caves
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of cave: spelunk
    • more generic word: explore = travel to or penetrate into

Alternative definition of the verb cave


  1. To surrender.
  2. To collapse.
  3. To hollow out or undermine.
  4. To engage in the recreational exploration of caves; to spelunk.
  5. [mining] In room-and-pillar mining, to extract a deposit of rock by breaking down a pillar which had been holding it in place.
  6. [mining, obsolete] To work over tailings to dress small pieces of marketable ore.

Other definitions of cave

What does cave also mean?


  1. [British, public school slang] look out!; beware!


  1. CAVE Interactive CO.,LTD., also known as CAVE Co., Ltd., is a Japanese video game company, known primarily for its manic shoot 'em ups. CAVE remains one of the most active makers of arcade shoot-'em-ups in the Japanese market. The company was formed primarily from the remains of Toaplan, and several of their early games are considered to be spiritual successors to prior Toaplan works, in particular Truxton and Batsugun.
  2. Cave is a record label.


  1. Cave a.k.a. Jessie Cave: Jessica "Jessie" Cave is an English actress, who is best known for her role as Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter film series.
  2. Cave is a musical artist, musician.
    • also known as DJ Cave, Inge Kjeilen, Crve
    • born on (35 years ago)
    • read more about Cave (musical artist)

There are other people with in their name, like Des Cave, Sam Cave, Tim Cave, Bebe Cave, Cave Beck, Dawn Cave, Earl Cave, John Cave, Kent Cave, Kyle Cave and many others.


Cave is an American primarily instrumental psychedelic drone band based in Chicago, Illinois, composed of keyboardist Rotten Milk, guitarist/organist Cooper Crain, bassist Dan Browning and drummer Rex McMurry. The band was formed in Columbia, Missouri in 2006, and has released three full-length albums: Hunt Like Devil/Jamz, Psychic Psummer and Neverendless. Cave has toured widely in North America and Europe, and played the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2010.

  • genres: Psychedelia, Drone music, Krautrock
  • albums: "Psychic Psummer", "The Ride", "Butthash", "Neverendless", "Hunt Like Devil/Jamz", "Pure Moods", "Threace"


"Cave" a.k.a. "The Cave" is a 2005 American action horror film, directed by Bruce Hunt. It stars Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian, Morris Chestnut, Marcel Iureş, Lena Headey, Rick Ravanello, Piper Perabo and Daniel Dae Kim.


  1. "Cave" is the second single by English alternative rock band Muse, and the second to be released from their debut album, Showbiz. It was released on 7" vinyl—backed with an instrumental remix of the song—and double CD—backed with a remix of the song alongside "Twin," "Host," and "Coma";—on 6 September 1999 and reached #52 in the UK Singles Chart—an improvement of 21 positions on "Uno". In the United States a five-track extended play was also released by Maverick Records.
  2. "Cave" a.k.a. "洞窟" is a composition.
  3. "Cave" is a 1999 single by Muse.
    • also known as Cave - EP
    • genre: Alternative rock
    • released on (16 years ago)
  4. "Cave" is a musical album of Elspeth Anne Macrae.
    • released on
  5. "Cave" is a musical album of Software.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  6. "Cave" is a musical album of Mind Eraser.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  7. "Cave" is a composition.


  1. Cave is a town and comune in the Latium region of Italy, 42 kilometres southeast of Rome. As of 2011 its population was of 10,421.
  2. Cave is a village in Lincoln County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5 at the 2010 census.
  3. Cave is a township located in the Timaru District, South Island, New Zealand. It is approximately 23 kilometres north-west of Timaru on State Highway 8. It covers the area from the Rangitata River to Pareora River, Pacific Ocean to Mackenzie District, including Rangitata Gorge.
  4. Cave is an unincorporated community located in Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA. It was so named because of a cave in the vicinity. A post office was established here in 1890. Cave is located on U.S. Route 220 along the South Branch Potomac River.

There are other places with in their name, like Bat Cave, Bee Cave, Dim Cave, Blue Cave, Bone Cave, Cave City, Cave Dale, Cave Hill, Deer Cave, Rock Cave, Cave Creek, Horse Cave, Luobi Cave, North Cave, South Cave, Tiger Cave, Cave Spring, Ngilgi Cave, Resava Cave and Weyers Cave.

Phrases with Cave

Phrases starting with the word Cave:

  1. cave in
  2. cave bat
  3. cave man
  4. Cave Bass
  5. Cave bear
  6. Cave lion
  7. Cave Physa
  8. Cave Thorn
  9. Cave Fishes
  10. cave myotis
  11. Cave Basslet
  12. cave dweller
  13. Cave Swallow
  14. Cave Crayfish
  15. Cave Crickets
  16. Cave painting
  17. Cave Swiftlet

Phrases ending with the word Cave:

  1. Man cave
  2. fingal's cave

Other phrase containing the word Cave:

  1. to cave in

View more phrases with the word Cave in thesaurus!

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cave

Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):

Google previewWater in a Dry Land (2013)

Place-Learning Through Art and Story by Margaret Somerville

The cave is a teach— ing place of water; of fluidity, omnipresence, transmutability , and entanglement. Ceremonial places in this country are places ofwater, and ceremony is story, dance, ritual, and Country. The images on the surfaces of the ...

Google previewEuripides and Alcestis (1998)

Speculations, Simulations, and Stories of Love in the Athenian Culutre by Kiki Gounaridou

The cave is a tricky space which generates difference and otherness107 by giving the illusion of sameness: it is...

Google previewHandbook of the Madras Presidency (1879)

With a Notice of the Overland Route to India by John Murray (Firm), Edward Backhouse Eastwick

Number 4 Cave is a large Vihara. The verandah is 86 ft. long by llj in. broadand 16ft. high. Thegreathallis86 ft. deep ...

Google previewPlato and Popcorn (2004)

A Philosopher's Guide to 75 Thought-Provoking Movies by William G. Smith

Outside the cave is a world of perfect Forms, the eternal essences of things. Forms do not exist in our spatial-temporal...

Google previewDevil's Cave (2008)

The Treasure Lost - Circa, 1600 by John Nuzzolese

Devil's Cave is the pivotal fulcrum upon which several characters realize an insufferable fate.

Devil's Cave is a place where strength and determination intermingle with perils of adventure. Daring and courage ...

Google previewUnlimited Outdoor Adventure, Utah! (1990)

Recreation 2000, a Revitalized Approach

The cave is a three-dimensional maze developed by solution along dip-joints and dipperpendicular strike joints in Cambrian limestone. Inside it are arches and spans, passages crossing at various levels with intersections, ceiling and joint ...

Google previewWhy Did the Chicken Cross the World? (2014)

The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization by Andrew Lawler

Makauwahi Cave is a limestone sinkhole wedged in a crease between high cliffs that meet the Pacific Ocean and a long stretch of sand favored by sailboarders. Looming in the distance is Mount Ha'upu, its pointy ridge home of the god Ku and ...

Google previewHabitats of the World: Baikal-coral reef (2006)

Limestone pavement Sinkhole Impermeable rock cave is a hollow space under the ground, in the side of a hill, or in a cliff. It may be formed in a number of ways, but the most common is by the action of rainwater dissolving limestone rock, ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology (2013)

by Barbara Ann Kipfer

La Adam cave: Mesolithic cave siteon the coastof the Black Sea in Romania. Laang Spean: Cave sitein western Cambodia, occupied betweenc.7000–500 sc, which has yielded a Hoabinhian sequence with an appearance ofground stone ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 16: Sports and Recreation by Harvey H. Jackson III

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky (Kentucky Department of Travel) prison rodeo in the nation.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Monasticism (2013)

by William M. Johnston

io: Dunhuang, Gansu, Cave 328, overall view of the panoply of figures in a niche of the west wall including the surrounding wall as well. Photo courtesy of Dunhuang caisu, 1978, pi. 47 Korea and Japan at the same time. It lingers to one ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Time (2009)

Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture by H. James Birx

Chauvet Cave, a relatively recent discovery, is one of the more noted such caves. Discovered in 1994 by Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel, and Christian Hillaire, Chauvet Cave is located among the Cirque d' Estre Cliffs in southern France.

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Cave

Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:

Photos about Cave

Click on an item to view that photo:


View more pictures about Ice cave, Dunmore Cave, Mammoth Cave, and Cave painting.

If you need related images for an article or a report, you can download stock photos:
Small photo of Limestone Caves at Wind Cave National Park - South Dakota, USASmall photo of Limestone Caves at Wind Cave National Park - South Dakota, USASmall photo of Stalagmites in CaveSmall photo of Stalagmites in CaveSmall photo of Stalagmites in CaveSmall photo of Stalagmites in CaveSmall photo of Stalagmites in Cave More...

Videos about Cave

Click on an item to play that video:

View more videos about Cave In, Cave Man, Man cave, The Cave, Cave bear, Cave lion, Cave Creek, Cave Story, Cave dweller, and Cave painting.

See also the pronunciation examples of Cave!

Sign language

Click on an item to play that video:

Quotes about Cave

To the cave of Adullam and to the cave of my lover,
I grieve for you my lover!
For you were very dear to my heart. (Edward Kofi Louis)
more quotes about cave...

Scrabble value of C3A1V4E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of CAVE

What do you get if you rearrange the letters?


What do you get if you reverse the order of the letters?

See also the index of semordnilaps!

Other anagrams

What do you get if you rearrange the letters in other ways?

See also the blanagrams of Cave!

Share this page


Go to the usage examples of Cave to see it in context!

Privacy Policy | Cookies Policy
Keyword Tool | Romanian-English Dictionary