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Definitions of caving

caving (ˈkeɪvɪŋ



  1. the sport of climbing in and exploring caves

Derived Forms

ˈcaver  noun

cave1 (keɪv



  1. an underground hollow with access from the ground surface or from the sea, often found in limestone areas and on rocky coastlines
  2. (British, history) a secession or a group seceding from a political party on some issue . See Adullamite
  3. (modifier) living in caves



  1. (transitive) to hollow out

Word Origin

C13: from Old French, from Latin cava, plural of cavum cavity, from cavus hollow

Example Sentences Including 'caving'

There's a big difference between offering someone the option of death and actually facing up to your victim and caving her head in.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
"---she'd imagined the roof collapsing on everyone, the walls caving in.
Clive Barker GALILEE (2001)
The old trader worked hard at getting his pipe well-started, his gaunt cheeks caving inward at every suck.
Heller, Keith Man's Loving Family


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