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Cavity vs Cave - What's the difference?


Cave is a related term of cavity.

As nouns the difference between cavity and cave

is that cavity is a hole or hollow depression while cave is a large, naturally-occurring cavity formed underground, or in the face of a cliff or a hillside.

As a verb cave is

to surrender.

As a interjection cave is

(british|public school slang) look out!; beware!.





  • A hole or hollow depression.
  • A hollow area within the body (such as the sinuses).
  • (dentistry) A soft area in a decayed tooth.
  • Synonyms

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    Derived terms

    (top2) * buccal cavity * cavity back * cavity batten * cavity coupling * cavity fill * cavity filter * cavity impedence * cavity magnetron (mid2) * cavity oscillator * cavity radiator * cavity resonance * cavity tray * cavity tuning * cavity vent * cavity wall * oral cavity (bottom)



    Etymology 1

    (etyl), from (etyl) ). (Tocharian)


  • A large, naturally-occurring cavity formed underground, or in the face of a cliff or a hillside.
  • We found a cave on the mountainside where we could take shelter.
  • A hole, depression, or gap in earth or rock, whether natural or man-made.
  • * {{quote-book|1918|Edward Alfred Steiner|Uncle Joe's Lincoln|url=|page=52
  • |passage=Every boy at one time or another has dug a cave ; I suppose because ages and ages ago his ancestors had to live in caves,
  • A storage cellar, especially for wine or cheese.
  • This wine has been aged in our cave for thirty years.
  • A place of retreat, such as a man cave.
  • My room was a cozy cave where I could escape from my family.
  • (caving) A naturally-occurring cavity in bedrock which is large enough to be entered by an adult.
  • It was not strictly a cave , but a narrow fissure in the rock.
  • (nuclear physics) A shielded area where nuclear experiments can be carried out.
  • * {{quote-book|1986|National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements|Radiation Alarms and Access Control Systems|page=45|url=|isbn=0913392847
  • |passage=These potential radiation fields or radioactive material levels may be the result of normal operations (ie, radiation in a target cave )
  • (drilling|uncountable) Debris, particularly broken rock, which falls into a drill hole and interferes with drilling.
  • * {{quote-book|1951|James Deans Cumming|Diamond Drill Handbook|page=134|url=
  • |passage=
  • (mining) A collapse or cave-in.
  • * {{quote-book|1885||Town Geology: The Lesson of the Philadelphia Rocks|page=79|url=
  • |passage=The " breasts " of marble which unite the opposite lateral walls have been left standing in order to prevent a possible cave of the wall on either side.}}
  • The vagina.
  • * {{quote-book|1976||My Life of Absurdity|page=59|url=
  • |passage=Then without a word she lay on her back in the bed, her dark blond pubic hair rising about her dark wet cave like dried brush about a hidden spring.}}
  • A group that breaks from a larger political party or faction on a particular issue.
  • * {{quote-book|1964|Leon D. Epstein|British Politics in the Suez Crisis|page=125|url=
  • |passage=Without joining the cave , Hyde had abstained both in December 1956 and May 1957.}}
    Derived terms
    * caveman * cave painting * cavewoman


  • To surrender.
  • He caved under pressure.
  • To collapse.
  • First the braces buckled, then the roof began to cave , then we ran.
  • To hollow out or undermine.
  • The levee has been severely caved by the river current.
  • To engage in the recreational exploration of caves; to spelunk.
  • I have caved from Yugoslavia to Kentucky.
    Let's go caving this weekend.
  • (mining) In room-and-pillar mining, to extract a deposit of rock by breaking down a pillar which had been holding it in place.
  • The deposit is caved by knocking out the posts.
  • (mining|obsolete) To work over tailings to dress small pieces of marketable ore.
  • * {{quote-book|1999|Andy Wood|The Politics of Social Conflict: The Peak Country, 1520-1770|page=319|url=|isbn=0521495547
  • |passage=As an indication of the miners' desperation in these years, the free miners of Wensley lowered themselves to caving for scraps of ore. }}
    Derived terms
    * block caving * cave in * caver * caving hammer

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


  • (British|public school slang) look out!; beware!
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