What does cage mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cage, coopnoun

    an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept

  2. cagenoun

    something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement

  3. Cage, John Cage, John Milton Cage Jr.noun

    United States composer of avant-garde music (1912-1992)

  4. cagenoun

    the net that is the goal in ice hockey

  5. batting cage, cageverb

    a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice

  6. cage, cage inverb

    confine in a cage

    "The animal was caged"


  1. cagenoun

    an enclosure made of bars, normally to hold animals.

  2. cagenoun

    the passenger compartment of a lift

  3. cagenoun

    the goal.

  4. cagenoun

    (US derogatory slang) automobile

  5. cagenoun

    Something that hinders freedom.

  6. cageverb

    to put into a cage

  7. cageverb

    to keep in a cage

  8. cageverb

    To track individual responses to direct mail.

  9. cageverb

    to restrict someone's movement or creativity

  10. Etymology: From cage, from Latin cavea

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAGEnoun

    Etymology: cage, Fr. from cavea, Lat.

    See whether a cage can please a bird? or whether a dog grow not fiercer with tying? Philip Sidney.

    He taught me how to know a man in love; in which cage of rushes, I am sure, you are not a prisoner. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Though slaves, like birds that sing not in a cage,
    They lost their genius, and poetick rage;
    Homers again and Pindars may be found,
    And his great actions with their numbers crown’d. Edmund Waller.

    And parrots, imitating human tongue,
    And singing birds in silver cages hung;
    And ev’ry fragrant flow’r, and od’rous green,
    Were sorted well, with lumps of amber laid between. John Dryden, Fables.

    A man recurs to our fancy, by remembering his garment, a beast, bird, or fish, by the cage, or court-yard, or cistern, wherein it was kept. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    The reason why so few marriages are happy, is, because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages. Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on various Subjects.

  2. To Cageverb

    To inclose in a cage.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He swoln, and pamper’d with high fare,
    Sits down, and snorts, cag’d in his basket-chair. John Donne.


  1. Cage

    A cage is an enclosure often made of mesh, bars, or wires, used to confine, contain or protect something or someone. A cage can serve many purposes, including keeping an animal or person in captivity, capturing an animal or person, and displaying an animal at a zoo.


  1. cage

    A cage is a structure or enclosure designed to confine or protect something. It is typically made of bars, wires or netting and often used to keep animals or birds captive. The term can also refer to any situation or condition that confines, restricts, or traps, like in a metaphorical sense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cagenoun

    a box or inclosure, wholly or partly of openwork, in wood or metal, used for confining birds or other animals

  2. Cagenoun

    a place of confinement for malefactors

  3. Cagenoun

    an outer framework of timber, inclosing something within it; as, the cage of a staircase

  4. Cagenoun

    a skeleton frame to limit the motion of a loose piece, as a ball valve

  5. Cagenoun

    a wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes

  6. Cagenoun

    the box, bucket, or inclosed platform of a lift or elevator; a cagelike structure moving in a shaft

  7. Cagenoun

    the drum on which the rope is wound in a hoisting whim

  8. Cagenoun

    the catcher's wire mask

  9. Cageverb

    to confine in, or as in, a cage; to shut up or confine

  10. Etymology: [F. cage, fr. L. cavea cavity, cage, fr. cavus hollow. Cf. Cave, n., Cajole, Gabion.]


  1. Cage

    Cage is an American heavy metal band from San Diego, California. In early 2010, original bassist Mike Giordano and lead guitarist Anthony Wayne McGuiniss exited the band. CAGE’s newest band members; bassist Steve Brogden and former Brick Bath bassist Pete Stone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cage

    kāj, n. a place of confinement: a box made of wire and wood for holding birds or small animals: (mining) a frame with one or more platforms for cars, used in hoisting in a vertical shaft: the framework supporting a peal of bells.—v.t. to imprison in a cage—p.adj. Caged, confined.—ns. Cage′ling, a bird kept in a cage; Cage′-work, open work like the bars of a cage. [Fr.—L. cavea, a hollow place.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cage

    An iron cage formed of hoops on the top of a pole, and filled with combustibles to blaze for two hours. It is lighted one hour before high-water, and marks an intricate channel navigable for the period it burns; much used formerly by fishermen.

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  2. cage

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  3. CAGE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CAGE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cage is ranked #6345 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cage surname appeared 5,372 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Cage.

    55.2% or 2,970 total occurrences were Black.
    38.7% or 2,083 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 170 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 104 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 26 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cage' in Nouns Frequency: #2497

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cage in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of cage in a Sentence

  1. Asim Qureshi:

    There's one character that I remember, one kind person that I remember and then I see that image and there doesn't seem to be a correlation between the two, i feel like a prisoner, only not in a cage, in London...

  2. Wayne Pacelle:

    This is the last bastion of cage confinement in industrial ag.

  3. John Moyles:

    The individual said that they had [the alligator] in an outdoor enclosure and that his daughter accidentally left the cage open, which allowed the alligator to escape.

  4. President Trump:

    From there, they get moved to a different processing center, which is kind of cage-like, and labeled the' perrera,' the dog pound, and that's the photographs you saw of kids in cages.

  5. Timothy Gress:

    If they're trained properly and Carole Baskin're doing it for the right reasons, then Carole Baskin can successfully do things that makes their lives better, that's ultimately what we're after. They didn't ask to be in a cage in the United States. But they're here. And it's our job to make them comfortable.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. butch
    • B. contagious
    • C. ambidextrous
    • D. occlusive

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