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1 an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals are kept [syn: coop]
2 something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement
3 United States composer of avant-garde music (1912-1992) [syn: John Cage, John Milton Cage Jr.]
4 the net that is the goal in ice hockey
5 a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice [syn: batting cage] v : confine in a cage; "The animal was caged" [syn: cage in]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old French cage, from Latin cavea



cage (plural: cages)
  1. an enclosure made of bars
  2. the passenger compartment of a lift


lift compartment
  • Italian: cabina


  1. to put into a cage
  2. advertising politics To track individual responses to direct mail.

Derived terms



From Old French cage, from Latin cavea


  • lang=fr|/kaʒ/
  • SAMPA: /kaZ/


cage f
  1. cage
    "La Cage aux Folles" -- The Bird Cage

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Cage may refer to:





  • Acronym for Commercial and Government Entity
  • Batting cage, an enclosed cage for baseball players to practice the skill of batting
  • Bottle cage, a bicycle accessory used to affix a water bottle to a bike
  • Cage (BDSM), an enclosure used to confine a submissive in BDSM
  • Cage (enclosure), an enclosure made of mesh, bars or wires, used to confine, contain or protect something
  • Cage (graph theory), a regular graph in graph theory with the fewest vertices for a given girth and degree
  • CAGE questionnaire, a screening tool for determining alcoholism.
  • Casino cage, the location where chips are exchanged to or from cash in a casino
  • Faraday cage, an enclosure formed by conducting material
  • Human rib cage, a part of the human skeleton within the thoracic area
  • Iron cage, a concept introduced by Max Weber
  • Roll cage, a specially constructed frame built in or around the cab of a vehicle to protect the occupants from being injured in an accident
  • Shark proof cage, a cage in which a SCUBA diver enters to examine sharks better and more safely

High throughput genomics techniques

  • CAGE: (CAGE article in PNAS), cap analysis gene expression (CAGE). CAGE allows high-throughout gene expression analysis and the profiling of transcriptional start points (TSP), including promoter usage analysis.

See also

cage in Czech: Klec (rozcestník)
cage in German: Cage
cage in French: Cage (homonymie)
cage in Italian: Cage
cage in Hungarian: Cage
cage in Dutch: Cage
cage in Japanese: ケージ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beleaguer, beset, besiege, blockade, bottle up, bound, box in, box up, chamber, check, cloister, close in, compass, confine, constrain, contain, coop, coop in, coop up, cordon, cordon off, cork up, corral, crate, crib, detain, drive, drove, encage, encircle, enclose, enclosure, encompass, enshrine, fence in, goad, hedge in, hell, hem in, herd, hold, hold in custody, hold in restraint, house in, hutch, immure, impound, imprison, in, incarcerate, include, inhibit, jail, keep in, keep in custody, keep in detention, kennel, lash, leaguer, limbo, mew, mew up, pen, pen in, pen up, penfold, pinfold, place of confinement, pocket, pound, prick, punch cattle, purgatory, quarantine, rail in, restrain, restrict, ride herd on, round up, seal up, shackle, shepherd, shrine, shut in, shut up, spur, stable, surround, wall in, whip, wrangle, wrap, yard, yard up
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