a boxlike enclosure having wires, bars, or the like, for confining and displaying birds or animals.
anything that confines or imprisons; prison.
something resembling a cage in structure, as for a cashier or bank teller.
the car or enclosed platform of an elevator.
Mining. an enclosed platform for raising and lowering people and cars in a mine shaft.
any skeleton framework.
Baseball. a movable backstop for use mainly in batting practice.
a frame with a net attached to it, forming the goal in ice hockey and field hockey.
Basketball Older Use. the basket.
a loose, sheer or lacy overdress worn with a slip or a close-fitting dress.
Ordnance. a steel framework for supporting guns.
Machinery, retainer1 (def 3).
to put or confine in or as if in a cage.
Sports. to shoot (as a puck) into a cage so as to score a goal.
Contemporary Examples

War! What Is It Good For? A Lot Nick Romeo August 12, 2014
War! What Is It Good For? A Lot Nick Romeo August 12, 2014

Historical Examples

Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
Willis the Pilot Johanna Spyri
Bob Sidney Lanier
Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest Lillian Elizabeth Roy
French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France Marie de France
The Broncho Rider Boys on the Wyoming Trail Frank Fowler
Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle


an enclosure, usually made with bars or wire, for keeping birds, monkeys, mice, etc
(as modifier): cagebird

a thing or place that confines or imprisons
something resembling a cage in function or structure: the rib cage
the enclosed platform of a lift, esp as used in a mine
(engineering) a skeleton ring device that ensures that the correct amount of space is maintained between the individual rollers or balls in a rolling bearing
(informal) the basket used in basketball
(informal) the goal in ice hockey
(US) a steel framework on which guns are supported
(informal) rattle someone’s cage, to upset or anger someone
(transitive) to confine in or as in a cage
John. 1912–92, US composer of experimental music for a variety of conventional, modified, or invented instruments. He evolved a type of music apparently undetermined by the composer, such as in Imaginary Landscape (1951) for 12 radio sets. Other works include Reunion (1968), Apartment Building 1776 (1976), and Europeras 3 and 4 (1990)

A prison (1630s+)
A car or van: The cage behind me bleated its horn (1970s+ Motorcyclists)
A basketball basket or net (1920s+ Sports)
Basketball (1920s+ Sports)

: The punk concealed a genuine terror of being caged


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