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Mid 16th century borrowing from Middle French cavité or Late Latin cavitās, from cavus (“hollow, excavated, concave”) + -tās (“-ity”, nominal suffix).
- IPA(key): /ˈkæv.ɪt.i/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): [ˈkʰæv.ɨɾ.i]
- Rhymes: -ævɪti
cavity (plural cavities)
- A hole or hollow depression in a solid object.
- Hyponyms: microcavity, minicavity, nanocavity
- (anatomy) A hollow area within the body.
- (dentistry) A small or large hole in a tooth caused by caries; often also a soft area adjacent to the hole also affected by caries.
- Synonym: caries
- Jim got two cavities filled at the dentist's office yesterday.
- See also Thesaurus:hole
Compound words and expressions
hole or hollow depression
hollow area within the body
hole and soft area in tooth caused by caries
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
- “cavity”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- “cavity”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
- “cavity”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “cavity”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- cavity at OneLook Dictionary Search
- English terms derived from Proto-Indo-European
- English terms derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *ḱewh₁-
- English terms borrowed from Middle French
- English terms derived from Middle French
- English terms borrowed from Late Latin
- English terms derived from Late Latin
- English 3-syllable words
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- Rhymes:English/ævɪti/3 syllables
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- English terms suffixed with -ity