1. A small, roughly built house or shelter.
a. A room in a ship used as living quarters by an officer or passenger.
b. An enclosed compartment in a boat that serves as a shelter or as living quarters.
3. The enclosed space in an aircraft or spacecraft for the crew, passengers, or cargo.
tr. & intr.v. cab·ined, cab·in·ing, cab·ins
To confine or live in or as if in a small space or area.
[Middle English caban, from Old French cabane, from Old Provençal cabana, from Late Latin capanna.]
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