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.

Definitions of cage
  1. noun
    an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept
    synonyms: coop
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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
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    enclosure
    a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
  2. noun
    something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement
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    iron cage
    a cage from which there is no escape
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    constraint, restraint
    the state of being physically constrained
  3. verb
    confine in a cage
    “The animal was caged
    synonyms: cage in
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    confine, detain
    deprive of freedom; take into confinement
  4. noun
    the net that is the goal in ice hockey
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    net
    a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)
  5. noun
    a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice
    synonyms: batting cage
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    baseball equipment
    equipment used in playing baseball
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