Definition of cage in English:

cage

noun

  • 1A structure of bars or wires in which birds or other animals are confined:

    ‘she kept a canary in a cage’
    figurative ‘his cage of loneliness’
    • ‘It comes as no surprise that the lives of animals held in cages is miserable, best efforts to prove otherwise notwithstanding.’
    • ‘Birds chirped in cages hanging by the front doors of houses.’
    • ‘Living space does not include a structure, such as a doghouse, in which an animal is not confined, or a cage, crate, or other structure in which the animal is temporarily confined.’
    • ‘Do the same around the cages of small animals or birds.’
    • ‘What about keeping animals and birds in cages - that has to be cruel.’
    • ‘In the old cages, animals injured themselves while on the move, wildlife authorities acknowledge.’
    • ‘In it the Committee observed that the housing and upkeep of lab animals was not satisfactory, nor were the animal cages and rooms in which they were kept.’
    • ‘Animals remain locked in cages from closing time at 5 p.m. until 8 the next morning.’
    • ‘Carry-bags and bottles, which are discarded on the premises after use, find their way to the vicinity of animal cages and enclosures.’
    • ‘One of them had been partitioned with a sheet of corrugated plastic separating two caged birds into even smaller cages.’
    • ‘Even if you don't own a bird, these splendid cages make for unusual and decorative souvenirs with a distinctively Chinese look.’
    • ‘The movements were smooth and natural, not at all like the juddering actions of a machine and Alan watched in awe as the tortoise craned left and right to take in his surroundings, including the cages of animals.’
    • ‘Small sprinklers have been installed at select areas in the zoo and water is being sprinkled periodically throughout the day on cages to keep the animals cool.’
    • ‘It literally dumped cages of birds onto a pair of conveyor belts, which were activated when you activated the hanging belt.’
    • ‘Due to the severe heat, most animals remain within their cages and predictably, the visitors are disappointed.’
    • ‘Quite impressed with their reverence, she walked over to the cage and placed her birds in the cage with them.’
    • ‘And any animal that lives in a cage, from birds to gerbils, will produce droppings that can attract mold and dust.’
    • ‘They said many animals were in inadequate cages, including kittens in an empty food container with nothing to play with, and said the place stank.’
    • ‘But I felt sad for the animals because their cages are so small.’
    • ‘The primary source of water used for cleaning the animal cages and enclosures, the lake is also the place where the zoo eventually plans to release a large number of water birds.’
    enclosure, pen, pound
    coop, hutch, crate
    birdcage, aviary, mew
    corral
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    1. 1.1 A prison cell or camp:
      ‘inside the cage, three handcuffed prisoners were fighting’
      ‘each cage had a commanding officer who acted on behalf of the prisoners’
      • ‘Then he made him limp into a prison cage and locked him in.’
      • ‘As his vision spanned across the Prison, he saw cages that could hardly fit a small bed, side by side.’
      • ‘The camp consists of small cages with chain-link sides, no bathrooms, concrete floors and metal roofs.’
      • ‘The shutters of derelict buildings creaked and groaned like mall nourished prisoners in cages as he passed them.’
      • ‘Such demands would only mean substituting many small cages for one central prison.’
      • ‘He looked around and saw that he was in a cell, a cage.’
      • ‘Ministry staff were terrified of the minister - terrified that they would end up in a cage in the basement prison if they displeased him in some way.’
      • ‘They ran towards the voice and into a room where four cages held four prisoners.’
      • ‘Inside the cages, the prisoners remain manacled.’
      • ‘Handcuffed or in cages, people convicted of no crime are transported to and from these centres in high-security vehicles.’
      • ‘He first worked as a translator in the prisoners' cages.’
      • ‘Irony drips as the lover's bed is transformed into a prison cage and back again.’
      • ‘She'd awakened in a cell - a cage - her clothes gone, a blanket by her side.’
      • ‘The guards ran to the cages where the prisoner brawls disturbed the whole dungeon.’
      • ‘The horses were fed and watered as the guard who stopped them dragged me from the cage and towards a cell.’
      • ‘The so-called exercise yards consist of 25 x 18 foot cages, with prisoners only allowed to exercise alone, wearing manacles.’
      • ‘Black metal guard cages overlook the cell block, and it was in one of these that the 1959 prison riot began when two men managed to overpower a guard.’
      • ‘The cages and guardhouse all suggested close surveillance of the bunker and its contents.’
      • ‘Angel and Lucius meet for an hour a day for exercise in a cage on the prison roof.’
      • ‘Green uniformed prisoners paced bare concrete cages with not a blade of grass or a single ornament in sight.’
      snare, net
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    2. 1.2 An open framework forming the compartment in a lift:
      ‘we passed the lift shafts, each with its rattling metal cage’
      • ‘When I arrived at the southern rim, the rescuers were all standing silent watching one of these cages being lifted out of the ruins.’
      • ‘The wind flowed from the respective blower is bypassed the illuminators, thereby entering into the inside of the elevator cage.’
      • ‘The elevator uses no cables and is propelled by a system comprising of stators along the shaft and translators on the elevator cage.’
      • ‘At around 17:20, the victim undertook the last work for the day by loading a carrying cart into the cage of the elevator, pushing the button for the second floor and the elevator ascended to the second floor.’
    3. 1.3 A structure of crossing bars or wires designed to hold or support something:
      ‘the bottle slots into a light cage on the bike's frame’
      • ‘The heart of the stagecoach's chassis design is a strong cage that surrounds the passenger compartment and supports cargo on the roof.’
      • ‘Though you will have to look through the affixed mesh cage designed to keep those pesky angst filled teenagers from making life difficult for the street cleaners.’
      • ‘She has paid for wire cages on rear windows and her insurance payments are increasing.’
      • ‘We drilled into several terrace units, and measured the actual depth of the concrete covering the reinforcement cages.’
      • ‘These cages were originally designed for the purpose, as they make it easier to stand the cylinders up and at the same time protect the valves from knocks.’
      • ‘A wire cage around each container supports the plants as they grow.’
      • ‘Support your plants with cages, stakes, or trellises.’
      • ‘Larger capacity water bottles only allow you to carry a limited amount of water - even when you outfit your bike with multiple cages.’
      • ‘Jeff's original design used commercial tomato cages, with one pepper plant per cage.’
    4. 1.4Baseball A portable backstop situated behind the batter during batting practice.
      • ‘Dad had placed us directly behind the home plate cage to avoid having any random balls flying at us.’
      • ‘To the right is the batting-practice cage, where we lean the costumes upside-down.’
      • ‘The two spent early mornings in the indoor batting cages during spring workouts and are constantly gabbing by the cage in batting practice.’
      • ‘They are taking extra swings in the cage and extra bunting practice.’
      • ‘You can step into a batter's cage and hit a few out of the ballpark with one of the baseball games, or go for the gold in racing, skateboarding or tennis.’
    5. 1.5 A soccer or hockey goal made from a network frame.
      • ‘It all began with a variety of events in the workshops, the half pipe, the basketball court, the soccer cage, the children's area and last but not least the karaoke tent.’
      • ‘A prominent measure of both victorious projects was the removal of the ‘soccer cage’ as an enclosure traditionally dominated by boys and male teenagers.’
      • ‘I broke a goalie's cage with my wrist shot.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Confine in a cage:

    ‘the parrot screamed, furious at being caged’
    ‘a caged bird’
    • ‘The caged bird only sings at night because it was caught and caged when singing during the day.’
    • ‘She has the air of a bird which doesn't want to be caged or tamed.’
    • ‘Instead of being caged, animals and birds have to be allowed the pleasure and security of their natural surroundings, he said.’
    • ‘The evacuation began with moving out the yaks, continued with tranquilizing the eight large cats and finished with caging the birds.’
    • ‘Two other caged lions and a horse were also in the entrance to the disco, she said.’
    • ‘These hens may not be caged over a manure pit, but they are walking around in it.’
    • ‘Residents were worried it would spoil their view and cage them in.’
    • ‘A dog snarled at us viciously but he was caged and couldn't get at us.’
    • ‘The dogs, cats and birds were mostly caged, often in pairs and sometimes in threes.’
    • ‘As soon as they get on the bus they act like caged animals trying to get out.’
    • ‘Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.’
    • ‘Our first thoughts were that it was an escaped caged bird.’
    • ‘In future, should I leave the house I will cage the dogs no matter who else is in the house with them.’
    • ‘If a dog kills something it is destroyed immediately; it is not caged for the rest of its life.’
    • ‘Older birds must be caged at all times to avoid them attacking each other, or pigs, dogs and humans.’
    • ‘Fresh fruit cascades down stone-flagged stairs, caged birds sing in colourful indoor gardens but the price of drinks will keep you sober!’
    • ‘If he passed markets where caged birds were sold, he would buy them purely to let the birds fly free.’
    • ‘There are no performing dogs, caged lions or clowns.’
    • ‘One of them had been partitioned with a sheet of corrugated plastic separating two caged birds into even smaller cages.’
    • ‘The trick is to cage these animal natures in effective institutions: education, the law, government.’
    confine, shut in, shut up, pen, lock up, coop up, immure, incarcerate, imprison, impound
    mew
    corral
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    1. 1.1informal Put in prison:
      ‘five more teenage thugs were caged yesterday’
      • ‘The only cure is for them to be caged in solid concrete walls.’
      • ‘David's family were at Manchester Crown Court when the man was caged for life after admitting murder.’
      • ‘In July he made a personal appeal to the community to help cage a pervert who subjected a mother of two to a horrifying sex attack, after a poor public response to an e-fit picture.’
      • ‘He wants to cage suspects for up to 90 days without trial.’
      • ‘He'd be caged for the rest of his life, and no one would care whether he'd killed that baby or not.’
      • ‘The four attackers were caged for a total of 18-and-a-half years at Manchester Crown Court this week.’
      • ‘They are caged indefinitely on the ‘suspicion of the home secretary’.’
      • ‘We urge law enforcement agencies to cage the erring or even unruly drivers to restore order on roads and in stations.’
      • ‘Two teenage boys smirked as they left the dock after being caged for a total of six years for a 24-hour violent crime spree.’
      • ‘Two teenage thugs chiefly responsible were caged for seven years each after admitting causing grievous bodily harm.’
      • ‘The man, 30, was caged for life yesterday for killing a pensioner and maiming a student, both total strangers to him.’
      • ‘The five, all of Holme Wood, Bradford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and were caged for a total of 34 and a half years.’
      • ‘The violent sadistic few tend to go on with maiming and violence until someone dies or they are caged.’
      • ‘The 14 prisoners, guilty and innocent alike, were then caged in a specially built eleven foot wooden cell on the top deck.’
      • ‘You put his picture up in the Post Office and you go after him until this public enemy is caged.’
      • ‘That May, police all but closed down the anti-capitalist protest along London's Oxford Street, caging thousands of people for more than six hours.’

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin cavea.

Pronunciation:

cage

/keɪdʒ/