cage

A cage is a structure that keeps an animal captive. If you decide to raise a tiger in your bedroom, it's best to have a sturdy cage.

Cage is equally at home as a noun or verb. For instance, a batting cage is fun, but a free bird does not desire you to cage it. A cage of an elevator is great to ride to the 30th floor, but not so great if you’re riding it down into the mines and it breaks 40 feet below the earth.

Primary Meanings of cage

1.
nv
an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept
confine in a cage
2.
n
the net that is the goal in ice hockey
3.
n
a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice
Full Definitions of cage
1

n an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept

Synonyms:
coop
Types:
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birdcage
a cage in which a bird can be kept
hutch
a cage (usually made of wood and wire mesh) for small animals
squirrel cage
cage with a cylindrical framework that rotates as a small animal runs inside it
rabbit hutch
a hutch for rabbits
Type of:
enclosure
a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose

n something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement

Types:
iron cage
a cage from which there is no escape
Type of:
constraint, restraint
the state of being physically constrained

v confine in a cage

“The animal was caged
Synonyms:
cage in
Type of:
confine, detain
deprive of freedom; take into confinement
2

n the net that is the goal in ice hockey

Type of:
net
a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)
3

n a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice

Synonyms:
batting cage
Type of:
baseball equipment
equipment used in playing baseball