Cage (?), n. [F. cage, fr. L. cavea cavity, cage, fr. cavus hollow. Cf. Cave, n., Cajole, Gabion.]


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

In his cage, like parrot fine and gay. Cowper.


A place of confinement for malefactors


Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage. Lovelace.

3. Carp.

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


4. Mach. (a)

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


A wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes.


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

6. Mining

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

7. Baseball

The catcher's wire mask.


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Cage (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Caged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Caging.]

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

"Caged and starved to death."



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