Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice
  2. (noun, artifact) an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept
  3. (noun, artifact) the net that is the goal in ice hockey
  4. (noun, person) United States composer of avant-garde music (1912-1992)
  5. (noun, state) something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement
  6. (verb, social) confine in a cage

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Alternate forms of Cage

Derivations: cage

Hyponyms: birdcage, hutch, iron cage, squirrel cage

Hypernyms: baseball equipment, confine, constraint, detain, enclosure, net, restraint

Origin of the word Cage

  1. 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. more

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