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Aladdin's Cave
▪ Her apartment is an Aladdin's Cave of antiques, old books, and fine paintings.
▪ The door was flung wide, and inside lay a dark cave.
▪ We pass rocky beaches, secret inlets, muddy coves, dark hidden sea caves pounded by surf.
▪ When Jean-Claude emerged from the hide-out, he held out his arm and dragged me into the dark cave.
▪ Others, such as the Delphic Python, live in dark moist caves.
▪ Inside, these dwellings were dark like caves.
▪ He carried her off to the dark cave.
▪ No more visits to dark, ghostly caves, Roman!
▪ Primitivism To look at the mystery of cave art means first of all to look at our own prejudices.
▪ Aggression would have given a survival advantage in cave dweller days and earlier and so would have been favored by natural selection.
▪ Gnome passage, where we headed after leaving the cave entrance, was one of the highlights of the cave for me.
▪ Prior to each flight, rangers offer free programs in a seating area near the cave entrance.
▪ Some of these riverbank cave entrances are submerged when the river is in spate making their underground passages subject to sudden flooding.
▪ The enterprising walker could reach Cape Matapan and look for the cave entrance to Hades.
▪ He became very aggressive to any other fish that came near his cave entrance.
▪ Certainly some of their art, such as cave paintings, survives and may provide a clue as to how they thought.
▪ In other words, the dangers of the Internet are as old as cave paintings.
▪ All these concepts have been applied, successively, to prehistoric cave paintings, with different but always arbitrary results.
▪ Siberia became a center for the same culture that had produced the cave paintings.
▪ The opportunity for cave painting, in an artificial cave, demonstrated man's earliest use of pigments as paints.
▪ The Cro-Magnon cave paintings demonstrate that wild animals also can be part of the family.
▪ Intermittent drainage, underground watercourses and vast cave systems are features of the karst.
▪ At 3.1 kilometers, this dive is the longest underwater traverse of two cave systems in the world.
▪ As they enter their caves, they start producing a series of high-pitched clicks.
▪ After entering the cave, Hawk senses such awesome power that he flees in terror.
▪ And for that to happen you must do one day as I did, and enter the crystal cave of vision.
▪ Previously, people entered caves to Join with the Goddess's body.
▪ Not everyone wants to enter the cave on such terms.
an Aladdin's Cave
city/town/cave etc dweller
▪ Added to this is the vibration caused by heavy goods vehicles and the annoyance of air traffic suffered by all city dwellers.
▪ Bartlett drew from the old-fashioned uniforms of the virile football player and the preening perfection of the city dweller.
▪ But then, city dwellers have never been long on modesty.
▪ It is the dilemma of city dwellers, of all those refugees from the past in search of the future.
▪ Most shoppers know that only cave dwellers would pay the list price for electronics goods, for example.
▪ Poverty has become persistent, and apparently self-reinforcing, for millions of city dwellers, most of them black or Hispanic.
▪ This assistance inevitably spilled over as an increase in general prosperity for the ordinary Milanese city dweller.
▪ Unlike many town dwellers, farmers can at least eat well.
the roof falls/caves in
▪ The Warriors were leading, with only a few minutes of the game to go, when the roof fell in.
▪ It may not be long before the roof falls in.
▪ He looked inside the cave and saw a lion.
▪ He spent many nights sleeping in an open orchard in torrential rain until he located a small cave.
▪ It was inside a cave, but bigger than any cave had a right to be.
▪ One day he heard a noise coming from a cave.
▪ Only a few of us knew about the cave.
▪ She'd feel safer trapped in a cave, with some dark formless danger lurking in the shadows.
▪ The largest system is the Lancaster-Easegill complex where there are around 30 miles of cave passages.
▪ We pass rocky beaches, secret inlets, muddy coves, dark hidden sea caves pounded by surf.
▪ In October, on 3 October 1985, I was feeling so depressed I thought the walls were caving in on me.
▪ It is clear that the walls around the governor are caving in.
▪ Newport looked poised to run away with it, but Bridgend refused to cave in.
▪ Sixty foot drops are not really much to write home about when some one's been caving as long as he has.
▪ Will Grijalva cave in and go with Postil?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cave \Cave\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caved; p. pr. & vb. n. Caving.] [Cf. F. caver. See Cave, n.] To make hollow; to scoop out. [Obs.]

The mouldred earth cav'd the banke.


Cave \Cave\, v. i.

  1. To dwell in a cave. [Obs.]

  2. [See To cave in, below.] To fall in or down; as, the sand bank caved. Hence (Slang), to retreat from a position; to give way; to yield in a disputed matter. To cave in. [Flem. inkalven.]

    1. To fall in and leave a hollow, as earth on the side of a well or pit.

    2. To submit; to yield. [Slang]
      --H. Kingsley. [1913 Webster] ||


Cave \Cave\ (k[=a]v), n. [F. cave, L. cavus hollow, whence cavea cavity. Cf. Cage.]

  1. A hollow place in the earth, either natural or artificial; a subterraneous cavity; a cavern; a den.

  2. Any hollow place, or part; a cavity. [Obs.] ``The cave of the ear.''

  3. (Eng. Politics) A coalition or group of seceders from a political party, as from the Liberal party in England in 1866. See Adullam, Cave of, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.

    Cave bear (Zo["o]l.), a very large fossil bear ( Ursus spel[ae]us) similar to the grizzly bear, but large; common in European caves.

    Cave dweller, a savage of prehistoric times whose dwelling place was a cave.

    Cave hyena (Zo["o]l.), a fossil hyena found abundanty in British caves, now usually regarded as a large variety of the living African spotted hyena.

    Cave lion (Zo["o]l.), a fossil lion found in the caves of Europe, believed to be a large variety of the African lion.

    Bone cave. See under Bone.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., from Old French cave "a cave, vault, cellar" (12c.), from Latin cavea "hollow" (place), noun use of neuter adjective cavus "hollow," from PIE root *keue- "a swelling, arch, cavity" (see cumulus). Replaced Old English eorðscrafu. First record of cave man is 1865.


early 15c., caven, "to hollow something out," from cave (n.). Modern sense "to collapse in or down" is 1707, American English, presumably from East Anglian dialectal calve "collapse, fall in," perhaps from Flemish; subsequently influenced by cave (n.). Transitive sense by 1762. Related: Caved; caving. Figurative sense of "yield to pressure" is from 1837.


Etymology 1 n. A large, naturally-occurring cavity formed underground, or in the face of a cliff or a hillside. vb. 1 To surrender. 2 To collapse. 3 To hollow out or undermine. 4 To engage in the recreational exploration of caves; to spelunk. 5 (context mining English) In room-and-pillar mining, to extract a deposit of rock by breaking down a pillar which had been holding it in place. 6 (context mining obsolete English) To work over tailings to dress small pieces of marketable ore. Etymology 2

interj. (context British public school slang English) look out!; beware!

  1. v. hollow out as if making a cave or opening; "The river was caving the banks" [syn: undermine]

  2. explore natural caves [syn: spelunk]


n. an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea

Cave, MO -- U.S. town in Missouri
Population (2000): 7
Housing Units (2000): 5
Land area (2000): 0.988342 sq. miles (2.559794 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.988342 sq. miles (2.559794 sq. km)
FIPS code: 12079
Located within: Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
Location: 39.022986 N, 91.058936 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cave, MO

Cavé is the name of several persons:

  • François Cavé (1794–1875), French inventor, namesake of rue Cavé in Paris ( :fr:François Cavé)
  • Hygin-Edmond-Ludovic-Auguste Cavé (1796–1852), French administrator and playwright, subject of Ingres' Portrait de Edmond Cavé
  • Marie-Élisabeth Blavot-Boulanger (1806–1883), French artist and intimate of Eugène Delacroix, Mme. Edmond Cavé ( :fr:Madame Cavé)
  • Jean-Cyrille Cavé (1834–1909), French pioneer of free education ( :fr:Jean-Cyrille Cavé)
  • Georges Alan Cavé (born 1966), US kompa singer
Cave (disambiguation)

A cave is a subterranean chamber.

Cave may also refer to:

Cave (song)

"Cave" is a song by English alternative rock band Muse, released as the second single from their 1999 debut album Showbiz.

Cave (band)

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 (2008), Psychic Psummer (2009) and Neverendless (2011). Cave has toured widely in North America and Europe, and played the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2010.

Cave (company)

CAVE Interactive Co., Ltd., more commonly known as just CAVE (Computer Art Visual Entertainment), 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. CAVE in the past, produced titles for arcades, Xbox 360 and PS3, as well as online games for the PC. CAVE currently produces titles for smart phones.

Cave (name)

Cave is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:


  • Andy Cave, British mountaineer and author
  • Basil Cave (1865–1931), British diplomat
  • Charles Cave (disambiguation), various people
  • Charles John Philip Cave (1871–1950), British meteorologist
  • Darren Cave (born 1987), rugby union player
  • Edward Cave (1691–1754), English printer, editor, and publisher, founder of the first general-interest magazine
  • George Cave, 1st Viscount Cave (1856–1928), British lawyer and Conservative politician
  • Harry Cave (1922–1989), New Zealand cricketer
  • Hugh B. Cave (1910–2004), pulp fiction writer
  • Joyce Cave, English squash player in the 1920s
  • Kathryn Cave (born 1948), award-winning British children's book author
  • Lucie Cave, features editor of Heat magazine
  • Micky Cave (born 1949), English football midfielder
  • Nick Cave (born 1957), leader of the Australian rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • Nick Cave (performance artist) (born 1959), American artist
  • Peter Cave, foreign affairs editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Phil Cave (born 1987), English football defender
  • Stephen Cave (1820–1880), British lawyer, writer, and Conservative politician
  • Wilbur Cave, American politician from South Carolina.
  • William Cave (1637–1713), English divine
  • William Cave (rugby union) (1882–?), England and British Isles rugby union player
  • William Cave (disambiguation)

Given name:

  • Cave Beck (1623 – c. 1706), author of an early constructed language
  • Cave Johnson (1793–1866), U.S. Congressman from Tennessee and United States Postmaster General

Fictional characters:

  • Cave Carson, DC Comics character
  • Cave Johnson (Portal), a video game character

Usage examples of "cave".

The Brattles, Hannah Flood and her children, and five other families--forty souls in all--had made it to some caves on the south end of the Achor Marshes and had remained hidden there for a week now.

Augustine in an underwater cave off Dalkey se afront A wicked yet affectionate satire on Irishy.

The bunches of agrimony hanging head downward inside the warm dark cave were an infusion of the dried flowers and leaves useful for bruises and injuries to internal organs, as much as they were tall slender perennials with toothed leaves and tiny yellow flowers growing on tapering spikes.

Micum brought out his light again, and Alec saw that they were in another cave, this one quite large.

Grinning fiercely and showering each other with blistering insults, they battled around the confines of the cave, leaping over the fire pit and threatening to trample Alec underfoot until he wisely retreated to the narrow crevice at the back.

The importance of this cave and the existence of petroglyphs made by the earliest Ancestral Attendants were a secret she had promised the Ancestors and their Attendants she would keep.

Or virtue either, than an anchoret Who mortifies the flesh in some lone cave.

Beautiful rocky cliffs, full of caves, enclosed a little beach of colored pebbles, and then a strip of golden sand scattered over with rocks that held pools full of scarlet sea anemonies, and shells, and colored seaweeds like satin ribbon.

Another theory, based on one of the apocryphal books of the Bible, is that to prevent the Babylonians from finding the Ark, the Prophet Jeremiah hid it in a cave on Mount Nebo in Jordan.

cave-maker, Wu thought, hearing the same sound, thinking the stream might be traveling upward, carving out an embryonic cave, a living structure with a cycle that ends in death, wondering how much trouble it would be to order a rubber dinghy, neoprene wet suit, aqualung and waterproof spotlight, dismissing the idea on the grounds he would not be here long enough to see it through.

Time and again Lot had urged her to trance, to block out all sensation from her body, to let her core persona coast in an atrial blind cave, where the air would be as cool as she desired.

Still, Baas, do I understand the Baas to say that if that stone gate were broken the lake would flow in and flood this place, also the Cave of Heu-Heu, where all the priests and their wives will be gathered worshipping him?

The Baptist said nothing at all but walked to the mouth of the cave and peered soberly toward the starry night sky.

The silence was interrupted only by a chirping cricket somewhere in the distant brush, and the disciple remembered the hours he had spent in a similar posture listening for the footsteps of the Baptist returning from his solitude to the Bethabara cave.

The cave was just as dreary as Vilmos had always imagined a cave would bedamp and dark, offering nothing that appealed to his senses.