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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cavernous filled with vascular sinuses and capable of becoming distended and rigid as the result of being filled with blood "erectile tissue","the penis is an erectile organ"
    • adj cavernous being or suggesting a cavern "vast cavernous chambers hollowed out of limestone"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico is 2,500 feet in length, 600 feet wide, and 250 feet high.
    • Cavernous Filled with small cavities or cells.
    • Cavernous Full of caverns; resembling a cavern or large cavity; hollow.
    • Cavernous Having a sound caused by a cavity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Brian Epstein, a record store owner in London, was asked by a customer for a copy of the record, "My Bonnie", by a group known as The Silver Beatles. He didn’t have it in stock so he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group. He signed to manage them in a matter of days and renamed them The Beatles.
    • cavernous Formed into a cavern or caverns; containing caverns; hence, deeply hollowed out; deep-set: as, cavernous mountains or rocks; cavernous eyes.
    • cavernous Filled with small cavities, as a sponge; reticulated; honeycombed. Applied in anatomy to vessels or vascular structures in which the blood-vessels are traversed by numerous trabeculæ dividing them up, or in which they form frequent and close anastomoses with one another. In either case a structure of sponge-like texture is produced.
    • cavernous the carotid groove (which see, under carotid).
    • cavernous In petrography, porous or vesicular: applied to rocks some of whose minerals have been removed by solution.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cavernous hollow: full of caverns
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cavernosus,: cf. F. caverneux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. cavernacavus, hollow.


In literature:

Swiftly the lioness turned, and set up a savage roar that echoed and reechoed throughout the cavern.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
He had concealed near the cavern supplies for a long voyage.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
They saw at once that they were in an underground cavern.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
The cavern passages and chambers were absolutely empty, and securely shut up by doors and iron gates.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Be careful, now, the floor of this cavern is several feet below the opening.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
Feeling curious, he entered the cavern, and disappeared.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
They discover a cavern in which they find mysterious implements.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
They are brought into a cavern, the entrance to which Roger is ordered to mure up.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The cavern maw had been large once, for all to see, but an avalanche had passed over it.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Upwards of eighteen miles of the cavern have been explored, and it may possibly be of still greater extent.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The eagle loosened his grip on Iduna and she sank down on the ground of the cavern.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
That evening, when I was alone with my uncle, I mentioned my discovery, and asked him if ever the cavern had been explored.
"The Golden Magnet" by George Manville Fenn
Then she waded in deeper and deeper, until she could reach into the deepest caverns with her rake.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
They came at last to a cavern with a wide entrance.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
I paused; before me gaped a dark cavern fenced off by heavy icicles as large as my body.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
One morning, as the dawn crept into the cavern, she tried as usual to rise from her hard bed, and fell back with a stifled moan.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
Some of these caverns are from twenty to thirty feet high, and so extensive that it is unwise to explore them too far.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
The man left to guard the entrance to the cavern rushed in.
"The Boy Allies with the Cossacks" by Clair W. Hayes
They crossed the plain to the towering mouth of a huge cavern where the litter was taken up by four of the lizard-folk.
"The People of the Crater" by Andrew North
The master machine is firing terminite into the cavern.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various

In poetry:

Poets and hermits we are told,
In dens and caverns liv'd of old.
There if I live from tumult free,
This cell a palace proves to me.
"To The Unknown Contriver Of the Foregoing Rebus on Bow and Den" by Samuel Bowden
A glimmering shoulder under gloom
Of cavern pillars; on the swell
The silver lily heaved and fell;
And many a slope was rich in bloom
"To Edward Lear: on His Travels in Greece" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
O, that now the earth would open!
O, that now the shades would hide!
O, that now the gods would shelter!
Caverns lead and seas divide!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.
"Over The Misty Mountains Cold" by J R R Tolkien
The chilling blast, the whistling winds,
The mould'ring ramparts shake;
The hungry tenants of the wood,
Their cavern'd haunts forsake.
"Lewin and Gynneth" by Mary Darby Robinson
Earth, with its caverns dark and deep,
Lies in his spacious hand;
He fixed the seas what bounds to keep,
And where the hills must stand.
"Psalm 95" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Most cavernous hemangiomas present at birth or soon after.
Cliffhanger coaster under construction at Glenwood Caverns.
Britain is imposing a tough fiscal "austerity" regime to plug a cavernous budget gap.
Several hundred feet beneath my chair is a lake, an underground cavern of crystalline water known as the Edwards Aquifer.
Every note reverberated in the cathedral's cavernous maw, obliterating details and turning delicate harmonies to soup.
With Cavernous, 8 pm Tuesday, November 6, at Walters, 1120 Naylor, 713-222-2679 or
Norse mythology tells of elves who reside in the sunlit heavens and the dank caverns of the Earth's core.
Literally, a very "cool" place to visit and it is just a short distance away at Fantasy World Caverns.
Ernesto Neto offers another trip into maternal space with "anthropodino," a spectacular installation of gauzy Lycra fabric, dangling pods, dinosaurish wooden bones and cavernous interiors.
Former Howe Caverns head is director.
Every trip through a cavernous Costco Wholesale warehouse feels like a treasure hunt.
Big Stories in Pictures Olympic torches, children in schoolrooms, underground caverns, raging wildfires.
Bat exodus at New Mexico caverns is a nocturnal must-see.
Flos, the Italian lighting company that collaborates with many of the best designers working today, recently opened a San Francisco "store"—a shop within the cavernous DZINE design showroom.
The 2011 Modernism Show, held in the cavernous Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, brought both rarities and new interpretations within the category.

In science:

The inner radius is set to 10pc in order to reproduce the compact inner cavern created by shocks.
Understanding ULX Nebulae in the Framework of Supercritical Accretion
The cost of a (BB+SB+MD) is not very different A large cost driver here (or in the T2HK option) is the very large detector, the cost of which is at the moment quite difficult to estimate, since there will be a hard limit on the size of the largest underground cavern that can be excavated.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities: physics priorities and open issues
The adva ntage of Double-Chooz is that it will use an existing cavern for the far detector, which puts it ahead in time of any other reactor experiment, provided that the final funding decision is made in a timely ma nner.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
By giving appropriate aspect ratio and shape to the cavern, its realization does not seem a problem. A large fraction of the total detector cost, reaching ∼ 1 2 or more if PMTs are used, comes from the photo-sensors.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
Both Henderson and Homestake are planning on large detector caverns at a depth of ∼ 5000 ft.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
In the case of DUSEL all of this mass can be in the same place exposed to a beam that contains both oscillation maxima. • Cavern: Because of the size required for the detectors, a stable large cavity (or cavities) that can house ∼ 100kT of efficient fiducial mass will be needed.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
However, for an underground liquid argon TPC the requirements on the cavern will be dominated by safety concerns regarding storage of such a large amount of cryogenic liquid in a deep laboratory.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
The feasibility and cost of a near detector cavern of about 30 meter width/length will need to be examined. 2) The main requirement for the near detector: The most important function of the near detector is the measurement of the neutrino spectrum and backgrounds before oscillations.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
The size of the caverns will be cylindrical with diameter/height of ∼ 53 meters.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
The main concerns for both designs is the cost and time required to build stable and safe cavern(s) and the manufacturing of the necessary number of photo-multiplier tubes.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
The time scale for constructing the first cavern is 4 yrs and each additional cavern is readied 6 months after the completion of the previous one.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
The detector is situated in the same cavern used by the original Kamiokande experiment, where 2002 Nobel laureate Masatoshi Koshiba performed much of his ground-breaking research in neutrino physics.
Geo-neutrinos and Earth's interior
At the base of each shaft is a 14,100 cubic meter cavern for staging installation; it also houses utilities and parts of the cryoplant, most of which are located on the surface.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
While the +z end of the CMS detector is lowered into the detector cavern first, almost all the MTCC infrastructure in surface building will remain in place until the middle of 2007, to act as a commissioning platform for the –z end elements and as a further test-bed for integration with trigger and DAQ.
The CMS magnet test and cosmic challenge
It is amazing to see images of the CMS cavern, empty just two years ago, now filled with the enormous detector.
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