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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cage
  1. A box or inclosure, wholly or partly of openwork, in wood or metal, used for confining birds or other animals."In his cage, like parrot fine and gay." [Cowper.]
  2. A place of confinement for malefactors"Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage." [Lovelace.]
  3. [Carp] An outer framework of timber, inclosing something within it; as, the cage of a staircase.
  4. [Mach]
    1. A skeleton frame to limit the motion of a loose piece, as a ball valve.
    2. A wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes.
  5. The box, bucket, or inclosed platform of a lift or elevator; a cagelike structure moving in a shaft.
  6. [Mining] The drum on which the rope is wound in a hoisting whim.
  7. [Baseball] The catcher's wire mask.

Etymology: F. cage, fr. L. cavea cavity, cage, fr. cavus hollow. Cf. Cave (n.) Cajole Gabion

verb Cage
To confine in, or as in, a cage; to shut up or confine.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice
  2. An enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept
  3. The net that is the goal in ice hockey
  4. United States composer of avant-garde music (1912-1992)
  5. Something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement
  6. Confine in a cage ("The animal was caged")

Borrowing from Old French cage, from Latin cavea.

  1. an enclosure made of bars, normally to hold animals.
    We keep a bird in a .
    The tigers are in a to protect the public.
    The most dangerous prisoners are locked away in a .
  2. the passenger compartment of a lift
  3. (field hockey or ice hockey, water polo) the goal.
  4. (US derogatory slang) automobile
  5. (figuratively) Something that hinders freedom.
  6. (athletics) The area from which competitors throw a discus or hammer.
  7. (obsolete) A place of confinement for malefactors.
  8. An outer framework of timber, enclosing something within it.
    the of a staircase
  9. (engineering) A skeleton frame to limit the motion of a loose piece, such as a ball valve.
  10. A wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes.
  11. (mining) The drum on which the rope is wound in a hoisting whim.
  12. (baseball) The catcher's wire mask.
  13. (graph theory) A regular graph that has as few vertices as possible for its girth.

cage was also found in the following language(s): French and Northern Sami

Notable Persons Named Cage

Cage is a hip hop music rapping and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Cage was given the name Chris Palko on May 4th, 1973 in Würzburg. Cage is also known as Alex, Alex the Worm King, Cage Kennylz, Keige, Sam Hill, and Sherm Penn.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cage

Luke Cage is a comics character.


Jessica Campbell Jones Cage is a comics character.


Nicolas Cage is an actor and producer. He was most active from 1980 to present. Nicolas was given the name Nicolas Kim Coppola by his parent August Coppola on January 7th, 1964 in Long Beach, California, US.


Christian Cage is a wrestler. Christian was born on November 30th, 1973 in Kitchener, Ontario.


David Cage is a video game developer. He holds the title Founder, CEO of Quantic Dream, and Founderand CEO ofQuantic Dream. David was given the name David De Gruttola on June 9th, 1969 in Mulhouse, France.


Brian was born on February 2nd, 1984. Brian is also known as Kris Logan.


How popular is the baby name Cage in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1992 9 0 9
1993 10 0 10
1994 8 0 8
1995 10 0 10
1996 13 0 13
1997 15 0 15
1998 30 0 30
1999 30 0 30
2000 40 0 40
2001 30 0 30
2002 43 0 43
2003 47 0 47
2004 47 0 47
2005 36 0 36
2006 48 0 48
2007 38 0 38
2008 54 0 54
2009 53 0 53
2010 44 0 44
2011 53 0 53
2012 60 0 60
2013 37 0 37
2014 27 0 27
2015 29 0 29
2016 38 0 38
2017 23 0 23

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cage U.S.
  White 38.78% 64.26%
  African American 55.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.35% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.48% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.16% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.94% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Cage

  • How Popular is the name Cage? Cage is the 11,514th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cage was the 6,345th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cage have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 872 babies born with the first name Cage in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cage to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cage? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1992 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Cage first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cage is Sunday, February 15th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Cage born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cage was in 2012 with a total of 60 babies.
  • Random Cage Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cage is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Cage: Your name in reverse order is Egac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Egac. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cage? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,372 people with the last name Cage.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cage? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Cage as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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