Dictionary: CAB'IN – CACH'A-LOT

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CAB'IN, v.i.

To live in a cabin; to lodge. – Shak.

CAB'IN, v.t.

To confine in a cabin. – Shak.


A boy whose duty in to wait on the officers and passengers on board of a ship.

CAB'IN-ED, pp.

Inclosed in a cabin.

CAB'IN-ET, n. [Fr. cabinet; It. gabinetto; Sp. gabinete. See Cabin.]

  1. A closet; a small room, or retired apartment. – Bacon.
  2. A private room, in which consultations are held. – Dryden.
  3. The select or secret council of a prince or executive government; so called from the apartment in which it was originally held. – Encyc.
  4. A piece of furniture, consisting of a chest or box, with drawers and doors. A private box. – Swift.
  5. Any close place where things of value are deposited for safe keeping. – Taylor.
  6. A hut; a cottage; a small house. [Obs.] – Spenser.

CAB'I-NET, v.t.

To inclose. [Little used.] – Howel.


  1. A council held with privacy; the confidential council of a prince or executive magistrate. – Bacon.
  2. The members of a privy council; a select number of confidential counselors. – Gay.


Inclosed in a private apartment, or in a cabinet.


A man whose occupation is to make cabinets, tables, bureaus, bedsteads, and other similar furniture.

CAB'ING, ppr.

Inclosing in a cabin.


One who occupies the same cabin with another. – Beaum.

CAB-I-RE'AN, n. [See the words below.]

One of the Cabiri. – Faber.

CA-BIR'I-AN, or CA-BIR'IC, a. [or CAB-I-RIT'IC; Oriental גבר, to be strong or powerful, to be great; whence it signifies man, a lord, and in some languages a giant. It is common to all the Shemitic dialects. Perhaps L. vir, with a prefix.]

Pertaining to the Cabiri, certain deities greatly venerated by the ancient Pagans in Greece and Phenicia. The accounts of these deities are confused and contradictory. Some authors limit their number to four; some to three; others to two; while Sanchoniathon makes them to be eight. They were worshiped with particular honors in the isle of Samonthrace; and their worship and mysteries are said to have been introduced into Greece by the Pelasgians. They were supposed to have a particular influence over the sea and maritime affairs. In truth, the name, which signifies great, or the mighty ones, seems to have been applied to the supposed beings that presided over the more striking operations of nature. – Herod. ii, 51. Paus. ix, 25. Bryant. Faber. Asiat. Researches.

CA'BLE, n. [ca'bl; Sp. and Fr. cable; D. Dan. and G. kabel; Arm. chabl; Ir. cabla or gabla; Russ. kabala, a bond; Heb. Ch. Syr. and Ar. כבל, a chain; as a verb, to tie or bind; or חבל, to tie or make fast, and a rope. If the first letter of the Oriental word is a prefix, this coincides with bale, a package, that is, a tie.]

A large strong rope or chain, used to retain a vessel at anchor. It is made usually of hemp or iron, but may be made of other materials. Cables are of different sizes, according to the bulk of the vessel for which they are intended, from three to twenty inches in circumference. A cable is composed of three strands; each strand of three ropes; and each rope of three twists. A ship's cable is usually 120 fathom, or 720 feet in length. Hence the expression, a cable's length. Stream cable is a hawser or rope, smaller than the bower cables, to moor a ship in a place sheltered from wind and heavy seas. To pay out, or to veer out the cable, is to slacken it that it may run out of the ship. To serve the cable, is to bind it round with ropes, canvas, &c., to prevent its being worn or galled in the hawse. To slip the cable, is to let it run out end for end. – Mar. Dict. Cables, in architecture, wreathed circular moldings, resembling a rope.


Fastened with a cable. – Dyer.


A little cable. – Mar. Dict.


The place where the cables are coiled way. – Mar. Dict.


In heraldry, having the head cut close, so as to have no neck left. – Dict.

CA-BOOSE', or CAM-BOOSE', n. [G. kabuse, a little room or hut; Dan. kabyse, a cook's room in a ship. Qu. Ch. כבש, to hide or cover, or Heb. Ch. כבשן, a kiln or furnace. In Dutch, kombuis is an oven, furnace or cook's room.]

  1. The cook-room or kitchen of a ship. In smaller vessels, it is an inclosed fire-place, hearth or stove for cooking, on the main deck. In a ship of war, the cook-room is called a galley. – Mar. Dict.
  2. A box that covers the chimney in a ship. – Encyc.

CAB'OS, n.

A species of eel-pout, about two feet long, whose flesh is well tasted. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

CAB'RI-OLE, or CAB'RI-O-LET, n. [Fr. cabriolet, from cabriole, a goat-leap; L. capra.]

A gig; a one-horse chair, a light carriage.


A Brazilian bird of the owl kind, of the size of a thrush, of a beautiful umber color, spotted with white. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.


Small lines made of spun yarn, to bind cables, seize tackles, and the like. – Encyc.

CA-CA'O, n.

The chocolate-tree, a species of the Theobroma, a native of the West Indies. This tree grows about twenty feet high, bearing pods which are oval and pointed. The nuts or seeds are numerous, and lodged in a white pithy substance. – Encyc.


A cetaceous fish, the Physeter or spermaceti whale. The principal species are, the black-headed with a dorsal fin, and the round-headed, without a fin on the back, and with a fistula in the snout. From this whale is obtained the spermaceti. – Encyc.