being, resembling, or suggestive of a cavern:
a vast, cavernous room.
hollow and deep-sounding:
a cavernous voice.
full of small cavities; porous.
suggestive of a cavern in vastness, darkness, etc: cavernous hungry eyes
filled with small cavities; porous
(of rocks) containing caverns or cavities
c.1400, “full of caverns,” from Latin cavernosus “full of cavities” (source also of Italian cavernoso, French caverneux), from caverna (see cavern). Meaning “hollow” is recorded from 1830.
cavernous cav·ern·ous (kāv’ər-nəs)
Filled with cavities or hollow areas; porous.
- Cavernous sinus syndrome
cavernous sinus syndrome n. A syndrome caused by thrombosis of the cavernous intracranial sinus and characterized by edema of the eyelids and conjunctivae and by paralysis of the third, fourth, and sixth nerves.
- Lafcadio’s Adventures
French Les Caves du Vatican. a novel (1914) by André Gide.
the noseband of a bridle or a halter. Historical Examples noun a kind of hard noseband, used (esp formerly) in breaking a horse in
a concave molding the outline of which is a quarter circle. Historical Examples noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ; Italian) (-ti) (architect) a concave moulding, shaped to a quarter circle in cross section