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caving

[key-ving] /ˈkeɪ vɪŋ/
noun
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; cave1 + -ing1

cave

[keyv] /keɪv/
noun
1.
a hollow in the earth, especially one opening more or less horizontally into a hill, mountain, etc.
2.
a storage cellar, especially for wine.
3.
English History. a secession, or a group of seceders, from a political party on some special question.
verb (used with object), caved, caving.
4.
to hollow out.
5.
Mining.
  1. to cause (overlying material) to fall into a stope, sublevel, or the like.
  2. to cause (supports, as stulls or sets) to collapse beneath overlying material.
  3. to fill (a stope or the like) with caved-in material:
    sub-level caving.
verb (used without object), caved, caving.
6.
to cave in.
Verb phrases
7.
cave in,
  1. to fall in; collapse.
  2. to cause to fall in or collapse.
  3. Informal. to yield; submit; surrender:
    The opposition caved in before our superior arguments.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin cava (feminine singular), Latin cava, neuter plural of cavum hole, noun use of neuter of cavus hollow
Related forms
cavelike, adjective
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Examples for caving
  • Bentonite slurry, a gelatinous blend of clay and water, was pumped into the growing hole to prevent the sides from caving in.
  • When caving, tight squeezes can actually tear the clothes off your back.
  • Even big firms are reportedly caving in, particularly for those writing large cheques.
  • They see engagement on anything less than our terms as caving in, as surrendering sovereignty.
  • The first such move would be to stop caving in to countries' financial blackmail, and be free of their pressure.
  • Decide where you want to go caving and let your choice determine your equipment.
  • Tourists also can go horseback riding, hiking, caving and golfing.
  • They suggest the president is caving on environmental issues out of political consideration.
  • Each tour has an itinerary that includes optional excursions including caving, rafting and biking.
  • Now, they suggest the president is caving on environmental issues out of political consideration.
British Dictionary definitions for caving

caving

/ˈkeɪvɪŋ/
noun
1.
the sport of climbing in and exploring caves
Derived Forms
caver, noun

cave1

/keɪv/
noun
1.
an underground hollow with access from the ground surface or from the sea, often found in limestone areas and on rocky coastlines
2.
(Brit, history) a secession or a group seceding from a political party on some issue See Adullamite
3.
(modifier) living in caves
verb
4.
(transitive) to hollow out
See also cave in, caving
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin cava, plural of cavum cavity, from cavus hollow

cave2

/ˈkeɪvɪ/
noun
1.
guard or lookout (esp in the phrase keep cave)
sentence substitute
2.
watch out!
Word Origin
from Latin cavē! beware!
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Word Origin and History for caving

cave

n.

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

v.

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.

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caving in Science
cave
  (kāv)   
A naturally occurring underground hollow or passage, especially one with an opening to the surface of the Earth. Caves can form through a variety of processes, including the dissolution of limestone by flowing water, the differential cooling of volcanic magma (which occurs when the outside surface of the lava cools, but the inside continues to flow downwards, forming a hollow tube), or the action of wind and waves along a rocky coast.
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Slang definitions & phrases for caving

cave

noun

A room; pad (1930s+)

verb

(also cave in) To surrender; give way; chicken out: The Russians will cave when they find we are in earnest/ OK, so I caved in on the white suger, the TV, the war toys (entry form 1850s+, variant 1830+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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caving in the Bible

There are numerous natural caves among the limestone rocks of Syria, many of which have been artificially enlarged for various purposes. The first notice of a cave occurs in the history of Lot (Gen. 19:30). The next we read of is the cave of Machpelah (q.v.), which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth (Gen. 25:9, 10). It was the burying-place of Sarah and of Abraham himself, also of Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob (Gen. 49:31; 50:13). The cave of Makkedah, into which the five Amorite kings retired after their defeat by Joshua (10:16, 27). The cave of Adullam (q.v.), an immense natural cavern, where David hid himself from Saul (1 Sam. 22:1, 2). The cave of Engedi (q.v.), now called 'Ain Jidy, i.e., the "Fountain of the Kid", where David cut off the skirt of Saul's robe (24:4). Here he also found a shelter for himself and his followers to the number of 600 (23:29; 24:1). "On all sides the country is full of caverns which might serve as lurking-places for David and his men, as they do for outlaws at the present day." The cave in which Obadiah hid the prophets (1 Kings 18:4) was probably in the north, but it cannot be identified. The cave of Elijah (1 Kings 19:9), and the "cleft" of Moses on Horeb (Ex. 33:22), cannot be determined. In the time of Gideon the Israelites took refuge from the Midianites in dens and caves, such as abounded in the mountain regions of Manasseh (Judg. 6:2). Caves were frequently used as dwelling-places (Num. 24:21; Cant. 2:14; Jer. 49:16; Obad. 1:3). "The excavations at Deir Dubban, on the south side of the wady leading to Santa Hanneh, are probably the dwellings of the Horites," the ancient inhabitants of Idumea Proper. The pits or cavities in rocks were also sometimes used as prisons (Isa. 24:22; 51:14; Zech. 9:11). Those which had niches in their sides were occupied as burying-places (Ezek. 32:23; John 11:38).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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