American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large cave.
- n. A large underground chamber, as in a cave.
- v. To enclose in or as if in a cavern.
- v. To hollow out.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large natural cavity under the surface of the earth; a cave; a den.
- To hollow out; form like a cave by excavating: with out.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A large, deep, hollow place in the earth; a large cave.
- v. hollow out as if making a cavern
- n. any large dark enclosed space
- n. a large cave or a large chamber in a cave
- Latin caverna, from cavus hollow: compare French caverne. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English caverne, from Old French, from Latin caverna, from cavus, hollow; see keuə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We have lights with us and there are lights on the walls, but still some of the cavern is shadowed by darkness.”
“The word cavern does not convey any idea of this immense space; words of human tongue are inadequate to describe the discoveries of him who ventures into the deep abysses of earth.”
“Where is his mountain cavern, and how can I reach it?”
“Go to my mountain cavern," he commanded, "and bring me a sack of my buried treasure.”
“Be careful, now, the floor of this cavern is several feet below the opening.”
“The dome of one cavern is three hundred and fifty-five feet from floor to roof.”
“At length they gained the height, where the roar of the cascade was distinctly heard, at which Ella gave an exclamation of joy; they were so near home, as she called the cavern, for from the description of old Archy, in her childish fancy, she pictured it as a very desirable place.”
“The entrance to the cavern is by a steep descent: from the irregular manner in which the skulls lie, it appears, that the bodies were thrown down carelessly; and I am confirmed in this opinion, by observing, that though the cavern extends one hundred and thirty feet, there are no bones farther in than a body thrown from the aperture would have fallen; none of the smaller bones remain.”
“My cavern is the best bat observation area anyone has ever discovered.”
“Decorated with piles of rotting bodies and infested with vermin, the cavern was a fitting hovel for the monster within.”
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