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1892 (implied in cavitated), back-formation from cavitation. Related: Cavitating.


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  • Cavitation

    the rapid formation and collapse of vapor pockets in a flowing liquid in regions of very low pressure, a frequent cause of structural damage to propellers, pumps, etc. such a pocket formed in a flowing liquid. Historical Examples noun the formation of vapour- or gas-filled cavities in a flowing liquid when tensile stress is superimposed […]

  • Cavite

    a seaport on W central Luzon, in the N Philippines, on Manila Bay: naval base. Historical Examples noun a port in the N Philippines, in S Luzon on Manila Bay: a former US naval base. Pop: 109 000 (2005 est)

  • Cavity

    any hollow place; hollow. Anatomy. a hollow space within the body, an organ, a bone, etc. a hollow space or a pit in a tooth, most commonly produced by caries. A cavity may be artificially made to support dental restorations. Contemporary Examples Historical Examples noun (pl) -ties a hollow space; hole (dentistry) a soft decayed […]

  • Cavate

    hollowed out, as a space excavated from rock: cavate cliff dwellings. Historical Examples

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