a boxlike enclosure having wires, bars, or the like, for confining and displaying birds or animals.
anything that confines or imprisons; prison.
something resembling a cage in structure, as for a cashier or bank teller.
the car or enclosed platform of an elevator.
Mining. an enclosed platform for raising and lowering people and cars in a mine shaft.
any skeleton framework.
Baseball. a movable backstop for use mainly in batting practice.
a frame with a net attached to it, forming the goal in ice hockey and field hockey.
Basketball Older Use. the basket.
a loose, sheer or lacy overdress worn with a slip or a close-fitting dress.
Ordnance. a steel framework for supporting guns.
Machinery, retainer1 ( def 3 ).
verb (used with object), caged, caging.
to put or confine in or as if in a cage.
Sports. to shoot (as a puck) into a cage so as to score a goal.

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin cavea birdcage, equivalent to cav(us) hollow + -ea, feminine of -eus adj. suffix

cageless, adjective
cagelike, adjective
recage, verb (used with object), recaged, recaging.

1. pen, coop, enclosure, pound. Unabridged
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cage (keɪdʒ)
1.  a.  an enclosure, usually made with bars or wire, for keeping birds, monkeys, mice, etc
 b.  (as modifier): cagebird
2.  a thing or place that confines or imprisons
3.  something resembling a cage in function or structure: the rib cage
4.  the enclosed platform of a lift, esp as used in a mine
5.  engineering a skeleton ring device that ensures that the correct amount of space is maintained between the individual rollers or balls in a rolling bearing
6.  informal the basket used in basketball
7.  informal the goal in ice hockey
8.  (US) a steel framework on which guns are supported
9.  informal rattle someone's cage to upset or anger someone
10.  (tr) to confine in or as in a cage
[C13: from Old French, from Latin cavea enclosure, from cavus hollow]

Cage (keɪdʒ)
John. 1912--92, US composer of experimental music for a variety of conventional, modified, or invented instruments. He evolved a type of music apparently undetermined by the composer, such as in Imaginary Landscape (1951) for 12 radio sets. Other works include Reunion (1968), Apartment Building 1776 (1976), and Europeras 3 and 4 (1990)

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. cage "cage, prison, retreat, hideout" (12c.), from L. cavea "hollow place, enclosure for animals, coop, hive, stall, dungeon, spectators' seats in the theater" (cf. It. gabbia "basket for fowls, coop;" see cave (n.)). The verb is attested from 1570s.
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Bible Dictionary

Cage definition

(Heb. kelub', Jer. 5:27, marg. "coop;" rendered "basket" in Amos 8:1), a basket of wicker-work in which birds were placed after being caught. In Rev. 18:2 it is the rendering of the Greek _phulake_, properly a prison or place of confinement.

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