from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Filled with caverns.
  • adjective Resembling a cavern, as in depth, vastness, or effect.
  • adjective Anatomy Filled with cavities or hollow areas; porous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In petrography, porous or vesicular: applied to rocks some of whose minerals have been removed by solution.
  • Formed into a cavern or caverns; containing caverns; hence, deeply hollowed out; deep-set: as, cavernous mountains or rocks; cavernous eyes.
  • Filled with small cavities, as a sponge; reticulated; honeycombed.
  • the carotid groove (which see, under carotid).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full of caverns; resembling a cavern or large cavity; hollow.
  • adjective Filled with small cavities or cells.
  • adjective Having a sound caused by a cavity.
  • adjective a body of erectile tissue with large interspaces which may be distended with blood, as in the penis or clitoris.
  • adjective a peculiar respiratory sound andible on auscultation, when the bronchial tubes communicate with morbid cavities in the lungs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective resembling a cavern; vast
  • adjective having many caverns

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective being or suggesting a cavern
  • adjective filled with vascular sinuses and capable of becoming distended and rigid as the result of being filled with blood


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  • Is Howard, who shattered Schmidt's record with a mammoth blast in cavernous RFK Stadium on Thursday night, 2006's NL MVP? - Howard's value going way up with powerful stats, MVP-like year

  • By then virtually the only Houston supporters left in cavernous Reliant Stadium were members of the school's band. - Scores

  • Even so, only 22,326 went to the game in cavernous Network Associates Coliseum. - Stakes, drama are high out west

  • The team's game solid defense, great bullpen, discipline at the plate, speed to play little ball and enough power to scare people functions anywhere, whether in cavernous Comerica Park in Detroit or minute Fenway Park in Boston. - Surprising pitching the story for made-over Mets

  • It was a sad-sweet time of sudden friendships, hasty, courtships and tearful farewells in cavernous railway stations.


  • I remember thinking that if our species dwelled in cavernous outcroppings buried deep underground and so had yet to discover the earth's surface, brilliant sunlight, an ocean breeze, and the stars that lie beyond, or if evolution had proceeded along a different pathway and we had yet to acquire any but the sense of touch, so everything we knew came only from our tactile impressions of our immediate environment, or if human mental faculties stopped developing during early childhood so our emotional and analytical skills never progressed beyond those of a five-year-old–in short, if our experiences painted but a paltry portrait of reality–our appraisal of life would be thoroughly compromised.

    Excerpt: The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

  • All that remains of the primary head vein is the cardinal portion or internal jugular and the part in the region of the trigeminal nerve which may be called the cavernous sinus.

    V. Angiology. 3. Development of the Vascular System

  • There was a lump in Westmoreland's brain, a mass of cells known as a cavernous malformation. Projo Local News

  • Westmoreland's motor skills, coordination, speech and vision are far better than they were in the weeks following his March 16 surgery, when doctors removed a raspberry-sized pack of blood vessels known as a cavernous malformation from his brain stem. Projo Local News

  • Shultz said he was fired after missing work to be with his daughter Olivia, who suffers from a vascular disease called cavernous hemangioma - jumbles of blood vessels that can become greatly enlarged, impeding organ function and breathing.

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