noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle French cavité, from Late Latin cavitas, from Latin cavus Date: 1541 1. an unfilled space within a mass; especially a hollowed-out space 2. an area of decay in a tooth ; caries

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  • Cavity — Cav i*ty, n.; pl. {Cavities}. [L. cavus hollow: cf. F. cavit[ e].] 1. Hollowness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The cavity or hollowness of the place. Goodwin. [1913 Webster] 2. A hollow place; a hollow; as, the abdominal cavity. [1913 Webster] An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cavity — [kav′i tē] n. pl. cavities [Fr cavité < LL cavitas < L cavus, HOLLOW: see CAVE] 1. a hole or hollow place 2. a natural hollow place within the body [the abdominal cavity] 3. a hollow place in a tooth, esp. when caused by decay …   English World dictionary

  • Cavity — Cavity. См. Полость. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • cavity — 1540s, from M.Fr. cavité (13c.), from L.L. cavitas hollowness, from L. cavus hollow (see CAVE (Cf. cave)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cavity — hollow, *hole, pocket, void, vacuum Contrasted words: bulge, protuberance, protrusion, *projection …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cavity — [n] sunken or decayed area atrium, basin, bursa, caries, chamber, crater, decay, dent, depression, gap, hole, hollow, pit, pocket, sinus, socket, vacuity, void; concept 513 …   New thesaurus

  • cavity — ► NOUN (pl. cavities) 1) a hollow space within a solid object. 2) a decayed part of a tooth. ORIGIN Latin cavitas, from cavus hollow …   English terms dictionary

  • cavity — cavitied, adj. /kav i tee/, n., pl. cavities. 1. any hollow place; hollow. 2. Anat. a hollow space within the body, an organ, a bone, etc. 3. a hollow space or a pit in a tooth, most commonly produced by caries. A cavity may be artificially made… …   Universalium

  • Cavity — A cavity is a hole. It may refer to: *Dental cavity, damage to the structure of teeth *Resonator, a device designed to select for waves of particular wavelengths ** Optical cavity, the cavity resonator of a laser *Cavitation, the phenomenon of… …   Wikipedia

  • cavity — n. 1) to fill a cavity (in a tooth) 2) the abdominal; chest; oral cavity * * * [ kævɪtɪ] chest oral cavity the abdominal to fill a cavity (in a tooth) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cavity — 1. A hollow space; hole. See cave, c., cavitas, cavernous space. 2. Lay term for the loss of tooth structure due to dental caries. SYN: cavum [TA], cavitas. [L. cavus …   Medical dictionary

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